Disperis capensis plate
Disperis capensis plate from Icones Orchidearum Austro-Africanarum

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diseae
SubTribe: Coryciinae
Genus: Disperis
Sw. 1800
Type Species
Disperis secunda

Disperis is a genus of around 75 species. The genus is abbreviated as Disp. in horticultural trade.


The genus is distributed in tropical and southern Africa, Madagascar, Mascarenes, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Ryukyu Islands, China, Taiwan, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Philippines, New Guinea, and Carolines. Most species are found in grasslands.


Plants in this genus are terrestrial and grow out from tubers. Plants usually are found in shady areas. Many of the plants in the genus share the same pollinators. Hybridization between species is prevented through the different placement of the pollinas.


Plant prefers to be grown in a shady area and cool to warn temperatures depending on the species.


Disperis refers to the pouches formed by the lateral sepals and its derivation from the Latin words "di" meaning double and "pera" meaning wallet or sac


  1. Dipera Spreng 1826
  2. Diperis Wight 1852
  3. Dryopaeia 1827
  4. Dryopeia Thou. 1822
  5. Dryopria Thou.1822
  6. Dryorkis Thou. 1809

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