FZ.22. Disperis Sw.

Description of the genus

Erect, terrestrial herbs arising from small tubers and growing in very shallow soil or leaf mould in forest. Leaves 1-few, alternate or opposite. Flowers solitary or in racemes, Bracts leaf-like. Dorsal sepal united with the petals to form a hood-like structure varying from a ± flat limb to an elongate spur; lateral sepals each usually with a conspicuous spur or pouch near the inner margin. Petals variously shaped, often falcate. Lip greatly modified and characteristic of the species, joined to the column and bearing a distinctive appendage.

Worldwide: 75 species in tropical and South Africa, Mascarenes and Indomalesia

Malawi: 15 taxa.

Disperis thomensis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
anthoceros Rchb. f.N,C,SDescription, Image
aphylla Kraenzl. subsp. bifolia Verdc. NDescription, Image
bifida P.J.Cribb [NrEnd][EN]NDescription, Image
bifida × dicerochila N?Description
breviloba Verdc. NDescription, Image
dicerochila Summerh.N,C,SDescription, Image
johnstonii RolfeN,C,SDescription, Image
kilimanjarica Rendle N
leuconeura Schltr.S
macowanii BolusN
nemorosa Rendle N
parvifolia Schltr.N
reichenbachiana Rchb. f.N,CDescription, Image
thomensis Summerh. NDescription, Image
togoensis Schltr.C

Other sources of information about Disperis:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Disperis
Flora of Mozambique: Disperis
Flora of Zambia: Disperis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Disperis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Disperis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Disperis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Disperis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Disperis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Disperis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disperis
JSTOR Plant Science: Disperis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Disperis
Plants of the World Online: Disperis
Tropicos: Disperis
Wikipedia: Disperis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Disperis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=422, retrieved 14 July 2024

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