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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Angola.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A terrestrial herb 1.5–6 dm. high, glabrous except for the roots.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Tubers ellipsoid to fusiform-ovoid, 1–3 cm. long, 5–15 mm. in diameter, apparently glabrous.
Morphology Roots
Roots slender, flexuous, pubescent.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, slender, with 2 nearly opposite leaves towards the base.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves altogether 5–7, the lowest 1–2 short, sheathing, subacute, the middle 2 ± spreading, elliptical to elliptical-lanceolate, acute, up to 4–16 cm. long and 2–5 cm. broad, the upper 2–3 distant, lanceolate, adpressed to the stem, the largest 3–8 cm. long and 8–14 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence narrowly cylindrical, 5–18(–22) cm. long, 1.5–2 cm. in diameter, rather closely 9- to many-flowered; bracts reflexed, lanceolate, acute, 8–23(–28) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers half-spreading, sessile, green or yellow-green; ovary 5–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals sharply decurved, united to one another and to the lip in their basal half or third.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Intermediate sepal oblanceolate-oblong, rounded, 4–5 mm. long, scarcely 1 mm. broad; laterals oblong-oblanceolate, obtuse, twisted, ± 5 mm. long and 1.5 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals as intermediate sepal but only 4 mm. long; all tepals with papillose margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip fleshy, ellipsoid, hooded, the apex shortly recurved, 5–6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs parallel to the ovary, 5–8 mm. long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column curved, ± 4 mm. high; stigma erect, transversely oblong, rostellum porrect, 3-lobed, the side lobes short, triangular, the middle lobe much longer, broadly shovel-shaped from a short narrow base.
Habitat
Upland grassland, often rocky; 2100–2850 m.
Distribution
K3 K5

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Satyrium schimperi Hochst. ex A.Rich. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Tweedie, E.M. [666], Kenya 24543.000
Ash [591], Ethiopia 37727.000
Schimper [1185], Ethiopia K000416123

First published in Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 300 (1850)

Accepted by

  • Demissew, S., Cribb, P. & Rasmussen, F. (2004). Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids: 1-300. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Geerinck, D. & Delepierre, G. (2005). Satyrium schimperi Hochstetter ex A. Richard versus S. sphaeranthum Schlechter (Orchidaceae) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 16: 12-14.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Demissew, S., Cribb, P. & Rasmussen, F. (2004). Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids: 1-300. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A. Rich., Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 300, t. 91 (1851).
  • Engl., Hochgeb. Trop. Afr.: 185 (1892).
  • Kraenzl., Orch. Gen. et Sp. 1: 690 (1899).
  • Piers, Orch. E. Afr.: 47 (1959), as “ Schimperianum ”.
  • Rolfe in Flora of Tropical Africa 7: 272 (1898).
  • Th. Dur. & Schinz, Consp. Fl. Afr. 5: 98 (1895).
  • Tweedie in Journ. E.A. Nat. Hist. Soc. 24: 29 (1964), as “ schimperianum”.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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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