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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis parvifolia Schltr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon, SW. Tanzania to Malawi.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Very slender terrestrial herb 4–11 cm tall; tubers less than 1 cm in diameter, ± globose, hairy.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1–2 near base of plant, c. 4 × 4 mm, more or less sheathing, dark green.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1-flowered.
    Spur
    Spur green with magenta apex, lateral sepals magenta-purple.
    Ovary
    Ovary 10 × 3.5 mm, bright green, most conspicuous.
    Bracts
    Bract 6–8 mm long, tightly enclosing lower part of the ovary.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal forming a conical spur 6–6.5 mm long. Lateral sepals free, 2.5–4.5 × 2 mm, obliquely elliptical, concave, with very small, obscure sacs.
    Corolla
    Petals adnate to the dorsal sepal at mouth of spur, 3.5–4 × 2 mm, obliquely oblong, somewhat lobed on free margin.
    Labellum
    Lip 4–4.5 mm long including the appendage; limb reflexed, linear, enlarged and hairy at the apex; appendage arising from the limb at the point of reflexion, 1.5 mm long, linear.
    [FWTA]

    Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of West Tropical Africa 3:1. 1968

    Flowers
    Flowers pink or yellowish.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Herb, 4.5–11 cm. tall, arising from a globose hairy tuber ± 7 mm. in diameter.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, alternate, much reduced, scarcely more than scale leaves, sheathing at the base, ovate, rounded or elliptic, 2–9 mm. long, 2–5 mm. wide, rounded to shortly acuminate at the apex, rounded into the sheath at the base.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary, yellowish (fide Stolz) but probably pink in W. Africa; bract leaf-like, 6 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, shortly acuminate.
    Calyx
    Intermediate sepal forming a slightly curved conical spur, 6.5 mm. long, to the mouth of which the petals are joined; lateral sepals obliquely elliptic or rhomboid, 2.5–4.5 mm. long, 1.3–2.2 mm. wide, free, bearing small very obtuse sacs.
    Corolla
    Petals obliquely oblong or somewhat B-shaped, 3.5–4 mm. long, 2 mm. wide.
    Labellum
    Lip ± 4–4.5 mm. long (including appendage), situated in the spur, the narrow basal claw with a short reflexed linear limb 0.6 mm. long and bearing at the point of reflection a linear appendage 1.5 mm. long, enlarged at the apex like the condyle of a bone, hairy at extreme tip.
    Figures
    Fig. 39/10, p. 220.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland; 1500–1600 m.
    Distribution
    T7

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cameroon, Malawi, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Disperis parvifolia Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Maitland, T.D. [0 s.n.24], Cameroon K000106569

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 547 (1915)

    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 West Tropical Africa

    • in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. 53: 547 (1915).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Summerh. in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 203 (1968).
    • Schltr. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Beih. 68, t. 44/174 (1932).
    • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 53: 547 (1915)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
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