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

Zambia: 16 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
anthoceros Rchb. f.W,C,E,SCb,Mc,Lk,SDescription, Image
aphylla Kraenzl. subsp. bifolia Verdc. [VU]EMcDescription, Image
bifida P.J.Cribb [NrEnd][CR]EMcDescription, Image
bifida × dicerochila EDescription
breviloba Verdc. [DD]B,CNw,Lp,CDescription, Image
dicerochila Summerh.EMcDescription, Image
johnstonii RolfeEEDescription, Image
katangensis Summerh. var. minor Verdc. [DD]WNw
katangensis Summerh. var. katangensis N,WCb,N,McDescription, Image
kilimanjarica Rendle EMc
leuconeura Schltr.SS
nemorosa Rendle EMc
parvifolia Schltr.
pusilla Verdc. N
reichenbachiana Rchb. f.N,WNw,N,McDescription, Image
thomensis Summerh. W,ENw,McDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Disperis:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Disperis
Flora of Malawi: Disperis
Flora of Mozambique: 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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Disperis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=422, retrieved 27 February 2024

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