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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 3–8.5 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ovoid-fusiform to ellipsoid, 2–5 cm. long, 1–2 cm. in diameter, tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, sparsely pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Sterile stem up to 10 cm. long, 3–5-leaved; lower 1–2 leaves sheath-like, the upper leaves lanceolate or oblanceolate, acute, up to 8–23 cm. long and 2–3 cm. broad. Fertile stem slender or stout, covered by sheathing leaves; sheaths 7–12, lanceolate or broadly lanceolate, up to 6–12 cm. long and 1.5–3 cm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence cylindrical, 10–24 cm. long, 1.5–2.5 cm. in diameter, densely many-flowered; bracts soon reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 1–2.5 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers curved outwards, orange-red to brownish-red; pedicel with ovary curved, 6–8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals deflexed, united with one another and with the lip in their basal third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblong-oblanceolate, rounded, 5–6 mm. long, 1 mm. broad; laterals obliquely oblong-elliptical, obtuse, equalling the intermediate, 1–2 mm. broad; all 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals as intermediate sepal, but smaller, 1-veined, margins ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip ellipsoid or obovoid, the mouth narrow, the apex shortly reflexed, 4.5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs parallel to the ovary, 6–8 mm. long, ± 1 mm. in diameter at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column inside the lip, much curved, 4 mm. high, the stalk 2 mm. long; stigma erect, transversely elliptical, 1.5 mm. high, 2 mm. broad, rostellum porrect or somewhat deflexed, 3-lobed, the side lobes short tooth-like, the middle-lobe much larger, broadly spoon-shaped or transversely elliptical from a narrow base.
Figures
Fig. 35.
Habitat
Wet grassland, sometimes with scrub, rarely in woodland; 1500–1900 m.
Distribution
T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 55–80 cm high; tubers 2–5 × 1–2 cm, ovoid or ellipsoid, tomentose.
Sterile
Sterile shoot 3–5-leaved; lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing; upper leaves up to 20 × 3 cm, lanceolate or oblanceolate.
Morphology General Shoots
Flowering shoot with 6–12 sheathing leaves up to 12 cm long. Sterile shoot 3–5-leaved; lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing; upper leaves up to 20 × 3 cm, lanceolate or oblanceolate.
Fertile
Flowering shoot with 6–12 sheathing leaves up to 12 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 10–24 × 1.5–2 cm, densely many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers red, pink-red or reddish-yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Ovary and pedicel curved, 6–8 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 deflexed, joined to each other and lip in basal third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 5–6 × 1 mm, oblong, rounded; lateral sepals similar but 2 mm wide and oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal, the edges ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 4.5–6 mm long, 7–8 mm wide when spread out, ellipsoid, forming hood, the apex slightly reflexed, thick-textured with a narrow mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 6–8 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 4 mm long; stigma 1.5 × 2 mm; rostellum mid-lobe spoon-shaped from a narrow base, much longer than side lobes.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Satyrium confusum Summerh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Polhill, R. [1703], Tanzania 24763.000
Polhill, R. [1359], Tanzania 24998.000
Polhill, R. [1359], Tanzania K000416102 holotype
Polhill, R. [1359], Tanzania K000416103

First published in Kew Bull. 20: 176 (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: 176, fig. 5 (1966).

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