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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis egregia Summerh.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (E. Usambara Mountains).

    [FTEA]

    Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Habit
    Glabrous herb at least 18 cm. tall.
    Roots
    Rootstock unknown.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, distinctly alternate or subopposite, sessile or shortly petiolate, sheathing at the base, ovate, 2–5 cm. long, 1.5–4 cm. wide, acute at the apex, rounded or truncate above the sheath, ± clasping the stem.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes 3-flowered; flowers bright rose-pink; bracts leaf-like, narrowly ovate, 0.4–1 cm. long, 3–5 mm. wide, acute.
    Calyx
    Intermediate sepal joined to the petals to form a broad distinctly curved short helmet-like spur 1.2 cm. long; lateral sepals joined for ± 6–7 mm. to form a transversely oblong “synsepalum”, 0.8- 1 cm. long, 1.25 cm. wide, narrowed to a claw at the base and bearing two small sacs 0.5 cm. long.
    Corolla
    Petals irregularly 3-lobed, 1.15 cm. long, 6 mm. wide; basal lobe rounded, auriculate; middle lobe elliptic, free; apical lobe forming one side of the spur.
    Labellum
    Lip 1.05 cm. long, hidden in the spur, consisting of a long slender claw bearing a fleshy carrot-shaped appendage which is covered all over with very distinct papillae.
    Figures
    Fig. 39/8, p. 220.
    Habitat
    On mossy rock-faces in dense rain-forest; 900–1050 m.
    Distribution
    T3 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Other Data

    Disperis egregia Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Moreau, W. [214], Tanzania K000306668
    Moreau, W. [214], Tanzania K000385646

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 6: 464 (1951 publ. 1952)

    Accepted by

    • 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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 6: 464 (1952).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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