Disperis breviloba Verdc.

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Disperis breviloba

Brachystegia woodland/Dambo
Feb 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disperis breviloba

Brachystegia woodland/Dambo
Feb 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

Disperis breviloba

Brachystegia woodland/Dambo
Feb 2018
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Disperis parvifolia Schltr.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb up to 16 cm tall; entire plant usually purple-red or pink; leafless except for 2-3 sheath-like leaves 5-12 mm long; inflorescence with 1 or 2, rarely 3 flowers pinkish with darker coloured spur.
Type location:
Zambia, Kundalila Falls
Derivation of specific name: Breviloba: with short lobes.
Habitat: Montane grassland, open dambos and Brachystegia woodlands usually in shallow soils over rocks.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2340 m
Flowering time:Dec - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Malawi and Zambia
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,C
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Thursday 15 March 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 322.

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 236 - 239. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 155.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 119.

Verdcourt, B. (1977). A new species of Disperis (Orchidaceae) from Zambia Kew Bulletin 32(1) Pages 9 - 11. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 101 - 102.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Disperis breviloba.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209620, retrieved 29 September 2023

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