Disperis anthoceros Rchb. f.

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Disperis anthoceros

Picture: Frank Willems
Kasanka National Park, Fibwe

Disperis anthoceros

Dense shade in Miombo woodland
Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka Distr.
Feb 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disperis anthoceros

Dense shade in Miombo woodland
Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka Distr.
Feb 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disperis anthoceros

Dense shade in Miombo woodland
Protea Hill Farm, Lusaka Distr.
Feb 2017
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Disperis hamadryas Schltr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb, 10 - 27 cm. Leaves 2, sub opposite. Inflorescence terminal, 1-4-flowered with leaflike bracts below the ovaries. Flowers white, spotted with green or purple. Dorsal sepal forming a elongate, tubular, spur-like hood.
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Habitat: In shade among leaflitter on the forest floor, occasionally in exotic plantations.
Altitude range: 1100 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Feb - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria, DRC, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Northwest, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,Lk,S
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 23 September 2020

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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: Species information: Disperis anthoceros.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=117770, retrieved 22 February 2024

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