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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis macowanii Bolus

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Small terrestrial herb 7–15 cm tall, the stem sparsely hairy.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, alternate, 14–16 × 6–10 mm, ovate, cordate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–2-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to cream with green and purple spotting on the petals.
    Ovary
    Ovary 8–10 mm long, bright green.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, of similar length.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal joined to petals to form blunt, conical hood 5–6 mm high. Lateral sepals free, projecting forwards or deflexed, 4–5 × 2 mm, obliquely ovate, acute; spur 1.5–2 mm long, conical, pointing forwards and almost reaching end of the sepal.
    Corolla
    Petals 6 mm long, ± falcate, obscurely lobed towards base on outer margin.
    Labellum
    Lip with claw 2.5 mm long widening into an elliptic dilation 1 mm wide before narrowing into an apical part 1 mm long; appendage 5–5.5 × 1 mm, linear, slightly curved, obtusely folded longitudinally, minutely crenulate on margins, the apex papillate and slightly 2-lobed with a tooth on each side and thus appearing 4-lobed.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Northern Provinces, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Disperis macowanii Bolus appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Cribb, P. [10748], Tanzania 35752.000
    Leedal [H659/74A], Tanzania 36246.000
    Leedal [626A], Tanzania 36256.000
    Leedal [1125A], Tanzania 36257.000
    Dowsett-Lemaire, F. [350], Malawi 44308.000
    MacOwan, P. [807], South Africa K000306686
    MacOwan, P. [2626], South Africa K000306687 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 22: 77 (1885)

    Accepted by

    • 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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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