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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis aphylla Kraenzl. ex De Wild. & T.Durand

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Kenya and Angola.

    [FZ]

    Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb 6–16 cm tall, the stem greenish-white with purple streaks; tubers 10–20 × 5–10 mm, ovoid or globose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2 (1 or absent in subsp. aphylla), opposite or subopposite, purple on the undersurface, 2–3 × 1.5–2.5 cm, ovate; margins undulate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–5-flowered; flowers white or pale lilac-pink, the sepals darker towards the base.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Ovary and pedicel purplish, 10–14 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, 9–13 × 3–5 mm.
    Calyx
    Lateral sepals free, 7–9 × 2–3 mm, obliquely ovate, slightly curved, each with a sac-like spur c. 1.5 mm long. Dorsal sepal 9–10.5 mm long from apex to top of spur and 5–6 mm long from top of spur to apex of ovary, adnate to petals to form a fairly slender spur 3–4 mm long.
    Corolla
    Petals c. 7 × 3 mm, triangular.
    Labellum
    Lip with a linear claw 2–4.5 mm long, reflexed near the apex; limb short and narrow and just before the apex bearing 2 linear, 2-lobed, papillate appendages c. 2 mm long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Accepted Infraspecifics

    Other Data

    Disperis aphylla Kraenzl. ex De Wild. & T.Durand appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Williamson, G. [888], Zambia 1800.064
    Mainwaring, Kenya 9426.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Belgique, Compt.-Rend. 38: 71 (1899)

    Accepted by

    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • Kurzweil, H. & Manning, J.C. (2005). A synopsis of the genus Disperis Sw. (Orchidaceae) Adansonia, III, 27: 155-207.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0