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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to Mpumalanga.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Slender terrestrial herb 8–25 cm tall.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2, ± opposite, 2–7.5 × 1.5–4.5 cm, ovate, with petiole c. 3 mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence 1–3-flowered; flowers pale to deep pink or white, with purple dots within.
    Ovary
    Ovary 12–20 mm long.
    Bracts
    Bracts leaf-like, of similar length.
    Calyx
    Lateral sepals joined near the base, 8–10 × 4–4.5 mm, obliquely obovate-oblong, subacute or apiculate, each with a slender, acute sac-like spur 1.5–2.5 mm long directed toward the sepal apex. Dorsal sepal 10–13 mm long, linear, concave, joined with the petals to form an open hood.
    Corolla
    Petals projecting beyond the dorsal sepal, 11–14 mm long, obliquely rhomboid-falcate, acute, with a rounded lobe on the lower half of the free margin.
    Labellum
    Lip erect; claw c. 6 mm long, unguiculate; limb minute, reflexed; appendage about 4 times as long as the limb, recurved, dilated into 4 spreading lobes or 2-lobed at the apex and the lobes shortly 2-lobed. Limb and appendage densely papillose-hairy on the inside.
    Rostellum
    Rostellum broadly ovate-orbicular, shortlybifid with reflexed margin; arms 2–3 mm long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Disperis virginalis Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Zimbabwe 29549.000
    Zimbabwe 29565.000
    Zimbabwe 29744.000
    Zimbabwe 30848.000
    Zimbabwe 30860.000
    Zimbabwe 31172.000
    Zimbabwe 43012.000
    Wild, H. [GH.46240], Zimbabwe 30937.000
    Wild, H. [2810], Zimbabwe Disperis nelsonii 21088.000

    Bibliography

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 431 (1897)

    Accepted by

    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.
    • 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

    • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

    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