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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa.
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 20–60 cm tall; tubers to 2 cm long, ellipsoid or globose, almost glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 6–10; the lowermost 1–2 leaves sheath-like; stem leaves 6–14 × 0.7–1.3 cm, linear or lanceolate-linear, acute; the 3 uppermost leaves much smaller.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 1–6 × 1–2 cm, shortly cylindrical, densely 4- to many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers arched, spreading, white tinged green; rhachis shortly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary c. 5 mm long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts ± spreading, 5–12 mm long, lanceolate, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals decurved, adnate to each other and lip in lower quarter or third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 3–5 × 1–1.5 mm, oblong-ligulate, obtuse; lateral sepals longer and c. 2 mm wide, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal but shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip almost horizontal, 4–5.5 mm long, ovate, apex obtuse or subacute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 1–2 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, parallel to ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 3–4 mm high, slightly curved; stigma 1–2 mm high, orbicular or transversely elliptical; rostellum 1 mm long, the apex shortly 3-lobed, the mid-lobe bidenticulate.

Native to:

Zambia, Zimbabwe

Satyrium compactum Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 1, 2001 Bingham, M.G. [12089], Zambia K000390238
Robinson, E.A. [4257], Zambia 23867.000
Richards, H.M. [10677], Zambia 23871.000
Ball, J.S. [187], Zimbabwe 24723.000
Holmes, W.D. [0110], Zambia 24730.000
Richards, H.M. [10677], Zambia K000390239
Holmes, W.D. [110] 77412.000
Robinson, E.A. [4257], Zambia K000390240 holotype
Goodier, R. [237], Zimbabwe K000390245
Holmes, W.D. [0110], Zambia K000390241
Chase, N.C. [3614], Zimbabwe K000390243
Ball, J.S. [187], Zimbabwe K000390242
Beasley, A.J. [30], Zimbabwe K000390244
Best, E.B. [1259], Zimbabwe K000390246
Williamson, G. [401], Zambia K000390236

First published in Kew Bull. 20: 179 (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.

Flora Zambesiaca
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