Genus:
Satyrium Sw.

Satyrium comptum Summerh.

This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 7–20 cm. high, almost glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ovoid to ellipsoid-cylindrical, 1–3 cm. long, 5–10 mm. in diameter, ± tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, sparsely pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, slender, leafy.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves altogether 4–6, the lowest often sheath-like, short, the middle 1–3 spreading, ± subopposite, lanceolate, ovate or almost orbicular, acute to obtuse, up to 2–4.5 cm. long and 1.5–4 cm. broad, fleshy, the upper 2–3 adpressed and sheath-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence up to 5 cm. long, 2–2.5 cm. in diameter, rather loosely 1–8-flowered; bracts soon reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 8–15 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers curved outwards, white or rose-red, fragrant; pedicel with ovary curved, 7–9 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals united with one another and with the lip in their basal half or third, projecting forwards or decurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblanceolate, rounded, 7–8 mm. long, scarcely 2 mm. broad; laterals obliquely elliptical-oblong, obtuse, a little shorter and broader.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals like intermediate sepal but smaller, the margins ± ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip fleshy, obovoid, hooded, the apex shortly recurved, the mouth narrow, ± 7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs diverging from the ovary, 8.5–10 mm. long, 1.5 mm. in diameter at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column curved, nearly 5 mm. high; stigma erect, transversely elliptical or oblong, 2 mm. high, 3–3.5 mm. broad, rostellum 3-lobed, the lateral lobes short, the middle lobe much longer, subspathulate, rounded.
Habitat
Clefts and niches among rocks; 2650–2800 m.
Distribution
T7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Satyrium comptum Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Cribb, P. [10758], Tanzania 36736.000 No
Stolz, A. [2504], Tanzania K000416118 holotype Yes
Stolz, A. [2504], Tanzania K000416119 Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 20: 174 (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: 174, fig. 4 (1966).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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