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

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

    [FWTA]

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

    Habit
    A terrestrial or epiphytic herb 3-8 in. high
    Leaves
    Leaves green or bronzy above, purplish beneath
    Flowers
    Flowers 1-6, in a short raceme, white with faint purplish markings
    Ecology
    In forests.
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Terrestrial herb 9–15 cm tall; tuber c. 1 cm long ± cylindrical, woolly.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, opposite, dark green, shortly petiolate, sheathing at the base, 2–5 × 1.3–3.5 cm, ovate, shortly acuminate, the margins undulate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–4-flowered; flowers white marked with green and purple, held horizontally.
    Ovary
    Ovary 12–17 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, of similar length.
    Calyx
    Dorsal sepal lanceolate, acute, concave, bent above the middle, joined to petals to form a hood c. 5 mm long. Lateral sepals free, 5–6 × 2.5–3 mm, obliquely obovate, aristate at the apex, with incurved, conical spur 2–2.5 mm long near inner edge.
    Corolla
    Petals 5.3–6.5 mm long, narrowly oblong, the front edge with a rounded lobe at base, the posterior edge with a suberect median lobe 1.5 mm long; apex shortly bifurcate, the anterior fork longer than the posterior.
    Labellum
    Lip 4.5–7 mm long, the apex bent abruptly inwards and shortly apiculate, the front face joined to the apex of 2 papillose appendages; appendages 6 mm long, 2-lobed with one lobe straight, the other recurved.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia, Zaïre

    Other Data

    Disperis thomensis Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 1, 1994 Balding, S. [73], Cameroon K000107048
    Apr 1, 1994 Cable, S. [54], Cameroon K000106570
    Jan 1, 1994 Thomas, D.W. [9210], Cameroon K000106571
    Malawi 50974.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [5191], Sierra Leone 21095.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [4227], Angola 9435.000
    King, D.E.S. [204], Nigeria 35052.000
    Jaeger, P. [1289], Sierra Leone 21094.000
    Leedal, G.P. [5008], Tanzania 40248.000
    Dowsett-Lemaire, F. [353], Malawi 45860.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1937: 458 (1937)

    Accepted by

    • Velayos, M. & al. (eds.) (2018). Flora de Guinea Ecuatorial 10: 1-491. Consejo superior de investigaciones científicas, Real jardín botánico, Madrid.
    • Szlachetko, D.L. (2008). Orchidaceae of Ivory Coast Ruizia 20: 1-396.
    • 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.
    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

    • in Kew Bull. 1937: 458.

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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
    '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