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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis lindleyana Rchb.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb 13–30 cm tall; tubers c. 15 × 10 mm, ovoid, woolly.
    Leaves
    Leaf 1, about halfway up the stem, 1.7–7 × 1.5–4 cm, ovate, cordate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–5-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers white tinged with green, with violet markings, aging to creamy-yellow.
    Ovary
    Ovary 20 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, 10–15 mm long.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal 15 mm long, joined to petals to form a conical, sac-like hood 8–10 mm long from top of ovary to apex of hood. Lateral sepals spreading, 8–10 × 5–8 mm, obliquely ovate, acute, each with a sac-like spur 2 mm long.
    Corolla
    Petals 8–9 mm long, falcate-oblong, the outer margin undulate.
    Labellum
    Lip broadly unguiculate, reflexed; limb 8 mm long, broadly linear, obtuse, bearing an appendage at the point of reflexion; appendage obovate-oblong, fleshy and papillose at the apex, shorter than the limb.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Disperis lindleyana Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Zimbabwe 30811.000
    Hall, A.V. [902], South Africa 27811.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Flora 48: 181 (1865)

    Accepted by

    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
    • Liltved, W.R. & Johnson, S.D. (2012). The Cape orchids. A regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape floristic region 1: 1-483. Sandstone editions, Cape Town.
    • 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

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    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