(pronounced: DIS-per-iss)


Diseae subtribe Coryciinae

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Watery-succulent terrestrials. ##


From the Greek dis, meaning twice, and pera, meaning wallet or sac, alluding to the two pouches formed by the lateral sepals.


A genus of about 75 species distributed in the old world tropics of Africa and Asia as far east as ###.


Duckworth, A. 1998. Jewels of Veld and Vlei, no. 3, Disperis cooperi. S. Afr. Orchid J. 29(1):17.

Hayes, E. 1988. Drakensberg Disperis. S. Afr. Orchid J. 19(2):35-37.

James, M. L. 1985. Species of the S. W. Cape, Disperis capensis Sw. S. Afr. Orchid J. 16(1):19.

Johnson, S. D. 1994. Preliminary observations on the pollination of Disperis capensis (Orchidaceae). S. Afr. Orchid J. 25(1):22-23.

Kidson, S. and E. Fletcher 1985. Disperis virginalis Schltr. S. Afr. Orchid J. 16(2):76-77.

Kidson, S. and E. Fletcher 1989. Our heritage, Disperis tysonii H. Bolus. S. Afr. Orchid J. 20(4):92-93.

Kidson, S. and E. Fletcher 1990. Our heritage, Disperis stenoplectron Reichb.f. S. Afr. Orchid J. 21(3):68-69.

La Croix, I. 1988. A natural hybrid in Disperis. Orchid Review 96(1141):361-362.

Manning, J. C. 1990. Taxonomic notes on Disperis (Orchidaceae) in South Africa. S. African J. Bot. 56:493-496.

Morrison, J. 1985. Disperis fanniniae. S. Afr. Orchid J. 16(2):50.

Perrier de la Bâthie, H. 1936. Les Disperis (Orchidées) de Madagascar, des Comores et des Mascareignes. Notul. Syst. 5(3):216-229.

Steiner, K. E. 1989. The pollination of Disperis (Orchidaceae) by oil-collecting bees in southern Africa. Lindleyana 4(4):164-183.

Steiner, K. E. 1993. Oil orchids and oil bees in southern Africa, Disperis and Rediviva. S. Afr. Orchid J. 24(1):2-5.

Stewart, J. 1981. Lost and found: Disperis renibractea. S. Afr. Orchid J. 12(2):33-36.

Verdcourt, B. 1988. New taxa of Disperis from East and Central Africa. Kew Bull. 22:93-99.

Verdcourt, B. 1975. Three noteworthy species of Disperis (Orchidaceae) unrecorded for east Africa. Kew Bull. 30:603-606.

Verdcourt, B. 1978. A new species of Disperis (Orchidaceae) from Zambia. Kew Bull. 32:9-11.

Verdcourt, B. 1986. A key to the East African species of Disperis (Orchidaceae) with two new species. Kew Bull. 41(1):51-57.