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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Robust terrestrial herb 25–80 cm high; tubers 2–3 × 1 cm, ellipsoid.
Morphology General Shoots
Sterile shoot 2–5-leaved; the lowermost 1–2 leaves sheath-like; the upper leaves up to 27 × 8 cm, lanceolate or elliptic.
Sterile
Sterile shoot 2–5-leaved; the lowermost 1–2 leaves sheath-like; the upper leaves up to 27 × 8 cm, lanceolate or elliptic.
Morphology Stem
Flowering stem sheathed by 6–12 sheathing leaves up to 13 cm long.
Fertile
Flowering stem sheathed by 6–12 sheathing leaves up to 13 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 5–35 × 2–3 cm, densely many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale to deep pink, rarely yellowish-white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel and Ovary
Ovary and pedicel 10–12 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 20–40 mm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed, prominent, pink-tinged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals joined to each other and lip in basal third or quarter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 5.5–8 × 1.5–2 mm, oblong, rounded, decurved; lateral sepals spreading and slightly twisted, oblique, slightly longer and broader than median sepal.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal, curled under.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 5–10 mm long, 5–8 mm wide when spread out, very convex and hooded, the apex recurved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 6–17 mm long, slender, parallel to ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 4.5–7 mm high; stigma 1–1.5 × 2 mm; rostellum mid-lobe spoon-shaped or orbicular with a narrow base, the side lobes much shorter and tooth-like.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 2–10 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ellipsoid or fusiform-ellipsoid, 1.5–3 cm. long, 6–10 mm. in diameter, tomentose.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, sparsely pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Fertile stem erect, slender to rather stout, terete, with sheathing leaves covering most of it; sheaths 6–12, lanceolate, acute, up to 4–13 cm. long and 1–2.5 cm. broad, decreasing in size upwards. Sterile stem up to 10 cm. long, 2–5-leaved; lowest 1–2 leaves short, sheath-like, ± obtuse, the upper 1–3 lanceolate to elliptical-oblong, acute, up to 12–27 cm. long and 2.5–6.5 cm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence cylindrical, 5–25 cm. long, 2–3 cm. in diameter, densely many-flowered; bracts soon becoming reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 1–3 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers curved outwards, pink or more rarely yellowish-white or white; pedicel with ovary curved, 8–11 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals deflexed, united to one another and to the lip in their basal third or fourth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblong-elliptical, rounded, 5–8 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. broad; laterals obliquely elliptical-oblong, obtuse, 6–8.5 mm. long, ± 2.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to the intermediate sepal but oblique; all tepals 3-veined.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip very convex and hooded, the apex shortly recurved, 5–9.5 mm. long, 5–6.5 mm. broad when spread out.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs parallel to the ovary, slender, 6–17 mm. long, scarcely 1.5 mm. in diameter at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column erect, 4.5–7 mm. long, the slender stalk longer than the fertile part; anther-loculi pendent, ellipsoid; stigma erect, semi-orbicular, 1–1.5 mm. high, ± 2 mm. broad, rostellum porrect, 3-lobed, the side lobes short, tooth-like, the middle lobe much longer, spoon-shaped or orbicular with a narrow base.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Satyrium neglectum Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 24, 1979 Schlechter, F.R.R. [s.n.], South Africa K000416172 Unknown type material
May 18, 1964 Stolz, A. [2491], Tanzania K000416093 syntype
May 18, 1964 Buchanan [303], Malawi K000416094 holotype
May 18, 1964 Stolz, A. [2546], Tanzania K000416095 Unknown type material
May 18, 1964 Stolz, A. [2546], Tanzania K000416096 Unknown type material
M. Thulin [3033], Tanzania K000767385
H.M. Richards [7643], Tanzania K000513713
S. Bidgood [125], Tanzania K000513716
K000513731
H.M. Richards [7700], Tanzania K000513729
P.J. Cribb [10754], Tanzania K000513722
P.J. Cribb [10754], Tanzania K000513721
R. Gereau, J. Lovett [3089], Tanzania K000513718
B.D. Burtt [4446], Tanzania K000767387
South Africa 20698.000
Brummitt, R.K. [9123], Malawi 25694.217
Williamson, G. [373], Zambia 27461.056
Schelpe, E.A., South Africa 27864.000
Wild, H. [GH.46236], Zimbabwe 29635.000
Wild, H. [GH No. 32486], Zimbabwe 31128.000
Cribb, P. [10596], Tanzania 36777.000
Zimbabwe 43000.000
Zimbabwe 43010.000
Stolz, A. [2456], Tanzania K000416091 Unknown type material
Harris, T. [267], Mozambique K000613342

First published in Beibl. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 50: 15 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Kraenzl., Orch. Gen. et Sp. 1: 706 (1900).
  • Rolfe in Dyer, Fl. Cap. 5 (3): 157 (1912).
  • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 20, Beibl. 50: 15 (1895).
  • Schltr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 31: 157 (1901).
  • Summerh. in Kew Bulletin 20: 173 (1966).

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