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This species is accepted, and its native range is Uganda to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 6–9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts up to 25 mm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals curled under, joined to each other and lip in basal half or third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 4.5–6 mm long and less than 1 mm wide, oblanceolate, rounded; lateral sepals slightly longer and about twice as wide, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal but slightly shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 4–6.5 mm long, the apex slightly reflexed, ellipsoid, hooded, fleshy with a small mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 8–20 mm long, slender, tapering.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 4–4.5 mm high, curved; stigma 1.5 × 2–3 mm; rostellum mid-lobe spade-shaped from a narrow base, much longer than side lobes.
Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 30–85 cm tall; tubers c. 3 × 1 cm, ellipsoid, tomentose.
Morphology Stem
Stem leafy; leaves 5–8; the lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing, the next 2(3) leaves spreading, borne near stem base but not appressed to ground, 5–24 × 3–9 cm, broadly lanceolate or ovate, pale glossy-green; the upper leaves erect, becoming bract-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 6–34 × 1.5–4 cm, loosely or fairly densely many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green or yellow-green.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 2–9 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ellipsoid to cylindrical, 1.5–2.5 cm. long, 5–18 mm. in diameter, ± tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, slender to stout, with 1–3 leaves in the lower part and several sheaths.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves altogether 4–8, the lowest 1 or 2 sheath-like, obtuse, the middle 1–3 spreading, close together, broadly elliptical to lanceolate, acute, up to 4–24 cm. long and 2–9 cm. broad, the upper ones adpressed, lanceolate, acute, much smaller, the largest 3–11 cm. long, l–2(–3) cm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence cylindrical, 3–37 cm. long, 1.5–2.5 cm. in diameter, rather densely to rather loosely 6- to many-flowered; bracts soon reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 1–2.5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers curved outwards, sessile, green or yellowish-green, rarely whitish or pinkish; ovary 6–8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals decurved, united to one another and to the lip in their basal half or third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblanceolate-oblong, rounded, 4.5–6 mm. long, scarcely 1 mm. broad; laterals obliquely curved elliptical-oblong, a little longer but nearly twice as broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals as intermediate sepal but shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip fleshy, ellipsoid, hooded, the apex very shortly reflexed, 5–6.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs slender, parallel to ovary, (8-) 10–17(–22) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column curved, 4–4.5 mm. high; stigma erect, transversely elliptical, 1.5–2 mm. high, 2–3 mm. broad, rostellum 3-lobed, the side lobes shortly triangular, the middle lobe much longer, broadly shovel-shaped from a narrow base.
Habitat
Upland grassland, often among rocks, rarely in damp places; 1350–3000 m.
Distribution
T2 T7 T8 U1

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Satyrium chlorocorys Rchb.f. ex Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Apr 24, 1964 Volkens, G. [999], Tanzania K000416113 holotype
Apr 24, 1964 Stolz, A. [2530], Tanzania K000416114 syntype
Apr 24, 1964 Stolz, A. [2530], Tanzania K000416115 syntype
Apr 24, 1964 Stolz, A. [2493], Tanzania K000416116 Unknown type material
Apr 24, 1964 Stolz, A. [2493], Tanzania K000416117 Unknown type material
Holmes, W.D. [0222], Malawi 23810.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [10327], Tanzania 24570.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [10371], Tanzania 24700.000
Hall, A.V. [379], Mozambique 24703.000
Payne, G.B. [22], Zimbabwe 24710.000
Beasley, A.J. [53], Zimbabwe 24711.000
Creek, A.O. [396], Zimbabwe 24717.000
Phipps, J.B. [662], Zimbabwe 24726.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [10371A], Tanzania 24744.000
Beasley, A.J. [39], Zimbabwe 24746.000
Wild, H. [4467], Zimbabwe 25224.000
Ball, J.S. [285], Zimbabwe 25225.000
Chase, N.C. [7053], Zimbabwe 26759.000
Wild, H. [20981], Zambia 29658.000
Holmes, W.D. [0224], Zambia 36567.000
Zimbabwe 43003.000
Philcox, D. [8908], Zimbabwe 43016.000
Williamson, G. [243], Zambia 7277.000
Johnston, H.H. [182], Tanzania K000416111
Thomson, J. [s.n.], Tanzania K000416112
Timberlake, J. [5037], Mozambique K000613416
Timberlake, J. [5142], Mozambique K000613522

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 268 (1898)

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

  • Kraenzl., Orch. Gen. et Sp. 1: 685 (1899), excl. S. volkensii.
  • Rolfe in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 268 (1898).
  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 20: 174 (1966).
  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 4: 433 (1949)

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