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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Zambia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 20–65 cm high; tubers to 3.5 cm long, ovoid or fusiform.
Morphology General Shoots
Sterile shoot 3–4-leaved, the lower 2–3 leaves sheath-like, the upper leaves to 18 × 4 cm, lanceolate, acute.
Sterile
Sterile shoot 3–4-leaved, the lower 2–3 leaves sheath-like, the upper leaves to 18 × 4 cm, lanceolate, acute.
Morphology Stem
Flowering stem with 5–9 leaves, the largest erect, in the middle of the stem, 10–17 × 2.5–6.5 cm, ± lanceolate, loosely sheathing at base.
Fertile
Flowering stem with 5–9 leaves, the largest erect, in the middle of the stem, 10–17 × 2.5–6.5 cm, ± lanceolate, loosely sheathing at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 5–20 × 2–3 cm, fairly densely many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, the sepals and petals tipped with green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 5–8 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts up to 30 × 7 mm long, prominent, usually reflexed towards base of inflorescence, spreading further up, but sometimes all reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals deflexed, joined to each other in basal half and to lip in basal third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 6–10 × 1.5–2 mm, oblong-oblanceolate, rounded; lateral sepals slightly shorter but wider.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals slightly shorter than sepals, c. 1 mm wide, oblanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 6–9 mm long, very convex, with beak-like apex c. 2 mm long, wide-mouthed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 2–3 mm long and 2 mm in diameter, short and sac-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 4–6 mm long, slender, hairy towards base; stigma concave, 1 × 1.5 mm; rostellum shortly 3-toothed.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 2–6 dm. high, only slightly hairy apart from the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ovoid to fusiform-cylindrical, 2–3.5 cm. long, 6–18 mm. in diameter, ± tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Flowering stem erect, slender to rather stout, leafy along its length; leaves 5–9, the lowermost 1 or 2 sheath-like, acute, the middle ones elliptical-lanceolate or elliptical-oblanceolate, acute, the largest up to 6–17 cm. long and 2–7 cm. broad, decreasing in size up the stem. Sterile stem short, 3–4-leaved; lower 2–3 leaves sheath-like, short, the upper leaf lanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, acute, up to 13–18 cm. long and 3–4 cm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence cylindrical, 5–21 cm. long, 2–3.5 cm. in diameter, loosely to rather densely many-flowered; bracts reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 1–3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers half-spreading, sessile, whitish or yellowish-green, rarely tinged rose; ovary straight, 5–9 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals sharply deflexed, united with one another in their basal half and to the lip in their basal third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblong-oblanceolate, rounded, 6–10 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. broad; laterals obliquely oblong-elliptical, a little shorter but 2–3.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals narrowly oblanceolate or ligulate, a little shorter than the sepals, less than 1 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip erect, very convex, with a wide mouth and erect narrowed apex, 6–9 mm. long, somewhat hairy inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs very short and rounded, 1.5–3 mm. long, ± 2 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column slender, slightly curved, the stalk longer than the fertile part, long-hairy in the lower part; stigma semi-orbicular, concave, 1 mm. high and 1.5 mm. broad, rostellum porrect, truncate and very shortly 3-toothed in front.
Habitat
Upland grassland, sometimes among rocks; 1200–2000 m.
Distribution
T4 T7

Native to:

Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Satyrium amblyosaccos Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 13, 1964 Fries, R.E. [1545], Tanzania K000416130 Unknown type material
Holmes, W.D. [0247], Malawi 11001.000
Richards, H.M. [15949], Zambia 1823.000
Richards, H.M. [8069], Zambia 23832.000
Richards, H.M. [12435], Zambia 24603.000
Holmes, W.D. [0117], Zambia 24604.000
Fanshawe, D.B. [2945], Zambia 24605.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [3535A], Zambia 24606.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [3535], Zambia 24607.000
Brummitt, R.K. [9179], Malawi 25694.068
Cruse, A.W. [460], Zambia 26486.000
Richards, H.M. [11895], Zambia 26765.000
Zambia 34412.000
Zambia 36494.000
Zambia 36513.000
Schaijes, M. [2176], Congo, DRC 48951.000
Stolz, A. [2551], Tanzania K000416129 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 535 (1915)

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

  • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 53: 535 (1915).
  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 20: 179 (1966).

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