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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania 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 General Habit
Slender terrestrial herb 10–24(40) cm high; tubers to 2.5 cm long, ovoid, woolly.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 5–6; the lowermost leaves sheath-like, the next 2 leaves borne near the stem base but not appressed to the ground, relatively large, spreading or ± erect, 2.5–5(11) × 1–2.5 cm, ovate, acute, sometimes with one withered at flowering time; the upper leaves bract-like, spaced along the stem.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 4–8 × 2–3 cm, laxly or fairly densely 3–15-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pale pink or mauve, the lip sometimes marked with purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary slender, 7–9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 4–18 mm long, erect.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals projecting forwards, joined to each other and lip in the basal one third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 8–11 × 1–3 mm, oblanceolate, rounded; lateral sepals similar but wider and oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 9–11 × c. 1 mm, oblanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 8–9 mm long with apical flap (not reflexed) 2–3 mm long, wide-mouthed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 4–8 mm long, parallel to ovary, quite stout but tapering to an obtuse apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column slender, 5.5 mm long; rostellum shallowly 3-toothed.

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Satyrium oliganthum Schltr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Robinson, E.A. [4142], Zambia 23802.000
Baum, H. [383], Angola K000416139

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 534 (1915)

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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