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  1. Family: Orchidaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Disperis Sw.
      1. Disperis reichenbachiana Welw. ex Rchb.f.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Slender terrestrial herb 7–25 cm tall; tuber 5–20 × 5–10 mm, ellipsoid or globose.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2–4, alternate, dark green with white veins above, purple below, 1.7 × 1–3 cm, ovate or lanceolate-ovate, cordate at base. Immature plants have 2 opposite leaves.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–4-flowered.
    Flowers
    Flowers mauve-pink, the petals paler mauve with a dark comma-shaped mark; the lip whitish, yellow towards apex.
    Pedicel and Ovary
    Ovary and pedicel 13–15 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, 0.5–2 cm long.
    Calyx
    Lateral sepals 9–10.5 × 3.5–5.5 mm, obliquely elliptical, joined for c. 2 mm at base, each with shallow sac c. 1 mm deep. Dorsal sepal 7–8 × 1–2 mm, joined to petals to form shallow hood 6–8.5 mm wide.
    Corolla
    Petals 6–10 × 2–3.5 mm, obliquely elliptical.
    Labellum
    Lip 6.5–8 mm long, the claw bent back on itself and bearing there a 2-lobed, papillose appendage; the claw ending in a fleshy, papillose, oblong appendage joined by its middle to the end of the claw.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Burundi, Central African Repu, Gulf of Guinea Is., Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Disperis reichenbachiana Welw. ex Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Zimbabwe 29559.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [4295], Zambia 21092.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [4084], Angola 9431.000
    Watermeyer, A.M. [172], Tanzania 21089.000
    Liben, L. [1064], Congo, DRC 9432.000
    Piers, F. [114], Kenya 18553.000
    Polhill, R. [1467], Tanzania 26922.000
    Robinson, E.A. [4371], Zambia 18552.000
    Robinson, E.A. [4359], Zambia 21090.000
    Williamson, G. [759], Zambia 33114.000
    Wiltshire, F.M. [6], Kenya 21091.000
    la Croix, I. [928], Malawi 51021.000
    Cribb, P. [10673], Tanzania 35741.000
    Cribb, P. [10586], Tanzania 35743.000
    Cribb, P. [11130], Tanzania 40278.000
    La Croix [928], Malawi 52528.000
    Welwitsch [694], Angola K000306678 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Flora 48: 180 (1865)

    Accepted by

    • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.
    • Velayos, M., Barberá, P., Cabezas, F.J., de la Estrella, M., Fero, M. & Aedo, C. (2014). Checklist of the vascular plants of Annobón (Equatorial Guinea) Phytotaxa 171: 1-78.
    • 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
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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.
    Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

    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