Disperis - Swartz


A paleotropic genus of about 80 (mostly African) species of delicate ground orchids, Disperis is represented in India by two species , both found in Kerala.

1. Disperis neilgherrensis Wight ,Ic. Pl. Ind. Or. 5 (1) : 15 .t. 1719. 1851; J.D.Hook . 1890: 169; Fischer in Gamble 1928: 1478; Abraham & Vatsala 1981: 208 ;Joseph 1982: 32 ;Seidenfaden in Matthew 1983: 1569 ; Joseph 1987: 37.

Described by Wight based on a collection from Nilgiris ' in woods an large mossy stones, and moist loose stegetable soil'

Occurrence : Idukki, Palghat and Wayanad Districts.

Distribution : Regional Endemic (Kerala, Tamil Nadu).

2. Disperis zeylanica Trimen,J. Bot. 23: 245 . 1885; Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976: 824.

Disperis tripetaloides sensu Lindl. , Gen. Sp. Orch. 371. 1839('tripetaloidea) [excl. basionym Dryopeia tripetaloides Du Petit-Thouars 1822]; Wight 1844-45 :t. 930.

Disperis neilgherrensis auct .non Wight 1851: Fischer in Gamble 1928: 1477.

This is a smaller plant when compared to Disperis neilgherrensis and has rose coloured flowers in contrast to the white flowers of that species .

Occurrence : Trivandrum District.

Distribution : South India (Karnataka , Kerala and Tamil Nadu ) and Sri. Lanka.

 

 
 

 

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