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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. 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
Terrestrial herb 40–80 cm high; tubers up to 4.5 cm long, ovoid or ellipsoid, villous.
Morphology General Shoots
Sterile shoot 3–4-leaved; lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing; upper leaves to 10 × 3.5 cm, lanceolate or elliptical.
Sterile
Sterile shoot 3–4-leaved; lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing; upper leaves to 10 × 3.5 cm, lanceolate or elliptical.
Morphology Stem
Flowering stem with 7–12 sheathing leaves up to 7 cm long.
Fertile
Flowering stem with 7–12 sheathing leaves up to 7 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 11–32 × 2–3 cm, cylindrical, fairly laxly many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish-yellow, tinged with brown and purple.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 7–8 mm long, curved, papillose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts 1–3 cm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals decurved, joined to each other and lip for about half their length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 5–7.5 × 1–1.5 mm, oblong; lateral sepals of similar length, c. 2 mm wide, obliquely oblanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals slightly shorter than sepals, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip fleshy, 5.5–7 mm long, ellipsoid, the apex reflexed, narrow-mouthed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs slender, 18–25 mm long, straggling, ascending in young flowers but ± pendent in older flowers; often with an extra pair of vestigial spurs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column curved, 5 mm long; rostellum mid-lobe spade-shaped from a narrow base, much longer than side lobes.

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Williamson, G. [644], Zambia 1800.029
Richards, H.M. [7813], Tanzania 22984.000
Holmes, W.D. [067], Zambia 23795.000
Robinson, E.A. [4113], Zambia 24561.000
Milne-Redhead, E. [2977], Zambia 24562.000
Wild, H. [1626], Zimbabwe 26468.000
Robinson, E.A. [5823], Zambia 29495.000
Richards, H.M. [16865], Zambia 29803.000
Welwitsch [730], Angola K000416106

First published in Flora 48: 183 (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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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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