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

Mozambique: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
johnstonii RolfeMSDescription, Image
mozambicensis Schltr.MS
togoensis Schltr.N

Other sources of information about Disperis:

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Flora of Malawi: Disperis
Flora of Zambia: Disperis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Disperis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Disperis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Disperis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Disperis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Disperis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Disperis
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Disperis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Disperis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=422, retrieved 13 August 2020

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