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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania, Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mountains).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Orchidaceae, V. S. Summerhayes. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 7–17 cm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ovoid or elongate-ovoid, 1–2 cm. long, 5–8 mm. in diameter, ± tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, slender, leafy along its length.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5, the lowest sheath-like, the 2–3 middle ones spreading, ovate, elliptical or lanceolate, obtuse or subacute, up to 2–6 cm. long and 1–4.5 cm. broad, fleshy, upper 1–2 much smaller, resembling the bracts.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 2–4 cm. long, 1.5–2 cm. in diameter, ± densely several- to many-flowered; bracts soon reflexed, lanceolate, acute, the lower ± 1 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers half-spreading, sessile, greenish-white or creamy-yellow; ovary ± 5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals deflexed, 1-nerved, united with one another and with the lip in their basal third or quarter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblong or oblong-lanceolate, obtuse, 4.5–6 mm. long, nearly 2 mm. broad; laterals obliquely oblanceolate-elliptical, subacute, equalling the intermediate but rather broader.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals narrowly lanceolate, acute or subacute, 4.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip erect, very convex and hooded, with an acute apex, nearly 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs almost straight, broadly cylindrical, 3.5–6 mm. long, ± 2 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column erect, the thick stalk shorter than the fertile apex, 2.5–3 mm. high; stigma transversely oblong, emarginate, 1.5 mm. broad, rostellum obscurely 3-lobed, the middle lobe broadly and very obtusely triangular, the side lobes very small.
Figures
Fig. 37, p. 213.
Habitat
Rock crevices in mist zone; 2700 in.
Distribution
T7

[FZ]

Orchidaceae, I. la Croix and P.J. Cribb. Flora Zambesiaca 11:1. 1995

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf terrestrial herb 7–17 cm high; tubers to 2 cm long, ovoid, tomentose.
Morphology Stem
Stem leafy.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3–5; the lowermost leaves sheathing; the next 2–3 leaves spreading, 2.5–6 × 1.5–3 cm, ovate or lanceolate; the uppermost 1–2 leaves bract-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 2.5–4 × 1–1.5 cm, fairly densely several to many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale greenish-white, the bracts tinged purple, the stem also purple-brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 6–7 mm long, papillose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts to 12 × 6 mm, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals spreading forwards, joined to each other in basal half or third and to lip in basal third or quarter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 4.5–6 × 1.5–2 mm, oblong; lateral sepals similar but broader and oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 4.5 × 1–1.5 mm, lanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip c. 4 mm long, very convex with a wide mouth (2.5 mm across), apex acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 3.5–6 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm diameter, straight, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 2.5–3 mm high; stigma transversely oblong, c. 1.5 mm wide; rostellum obscurely 3-lobed.

Native to:

Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Satyrium aberrans Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 18, 1976 Cribb, P.J. [10776], Tanzania K000390235
May 14, 1964 Wild, H. [3630], Zimbabwe K000416141 holotype
Wild, H. [30557], Zimbabwe 23884.000
Richards, A.M. [14303], Tanzania 29486.000
Cribb, P. [10776], Tanzania 36726.000
Wingfield, R. [926], Tanzania K000390234
Kerfoot, O. [1762], Tanzania K000390233
Ball, J.S. [50960], Zimbabwe K000390232

First published in Kew Bull. 20: 182 (1966)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 20: 182, fig. 6 (1966).

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