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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya 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
Robust terrestrial herb 30–90 cm high; tubers to 2.5 cm long, ellipsoid, tomentose.
Morphology Stem
Stem leafy; leaves 5–11, the lowermost 2–3 sheathing, the rest semi-erect, 12–27 × 1.5–5.5 cm, lanceolate, ribbed, decreasing in size towards stem apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 3–6 × 2.5–4 cm, pyramidal, densely many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, often with purple marks at base of petals and inside lip.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 6–10 mm, very slightly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts to 26 mm long, erect, pale green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals projecting forwards, joined to each other in basal half or third and to lip in basal third or quarter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 9–11 × 1.3–2.5 mm, ligulate; lateral sepals of similar length but about twice as wide, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal but slightly shorter and narrower. Petals similar to median sepal but slightly shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 8.5–14 mm long, of similar width when spread out, very convex with a projecting apex, wide-mouthed, hairy inside at base. Lip 8.5–14 mm long, of similar length but about twice as wide, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs saccate, 1–2.5 mm long, sometimes almost absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 5–6.5 mm high, slender; stigma c. 1.5 mm high and slightly wider; rostellum shortly 3-toothed.

Native to:

Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Satyrium paludosum Rchb.f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Williamson, G. [618], Zambia 11887.016
Wild, H. [1627], Zimbabwe 23804.000
Richards, H.M. [16995], Zambia 24701.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [2671], Zambia 24747.000
Holmes, W.D. [056], Zambia 24767.000
Wild, H. [1627], Zimbabwe 25192.000
Piers, F., Kenya 26129.000
Piers, F. [104], Kenya 26503.000
Schaijes, M. [1576], Congo, DRC 47556.000
Welwitsch [727], Angola K000416140 Unknown type material

First published in Flora 48: 182 (1865)

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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