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


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

Morphology General Habit
Slender terrestrial herb 13–45 cm tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 6–7; the lowermost 1–2 leaves sheath-like; the next 2 leaves spreading, borne near the the stem base but not appressed to ground, 5–14.5 × 2–6 cm, broadly lanceolate to ovate, light green; the upper leaves bract-like, spaced along the stem.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 3–15 × 1–2 cm, fairly densely several- to many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers creamy-white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 6–8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts to 15 mm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals deflexed, the lateral sepals spirally twisted, joined to each other and lip in basal half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 3–4 mm long, less than 1 mm wide, oblong-oblanceolate, rounded; lateral sepals slightly longer and almost twice as wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals similar to median sepal but narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 4–5 mm long, ± globose with a slight dorsal keel, fleshy with a narrow mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 8–12 mm long, slender, parallel to ovary; some flowers in an inflorescence have 2 vestigial spurs beside the main spurs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 3 mm long; rostellum very short, the apex reflexed, the side lobes represented by minute teeth.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Satyrium shirense Rolfe appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 17, 2010 Timberlake, J. et al. [5035], Mozambique K000718180
Mar 26, 2004 Benson, J.M. [1262], Malawi K000315376
Aug 7, 1989 Brummitt, R.K. [9138], Malawi K000315361
Aug 7, 1989 Croix, I.l.a. [107], Malawi K000315363
Aug 7, 1989 Croix, I.l.a. [107], Malawi K000315362
Mar 29, 1982 Phillips, E. [1169], Malawi K000315369
Mar 29, 1982 Grosvenor, R. [1176], Malawi K000315368
Aug 13, 1974 Allen, C.E.F. [531], Malawi K000315357
May 5, 1974 Pawek, J. [2083], Malawi K000315373
Apr 30, 1974 Pawek, J. [3395], Malawi K000315367
Holmes, W.D. [0206], Malawi 23788.000
Williamson, G. [264], Zambia 33132.000
Buchanan [s.n.], Malawi K000416124
Williamson, G. [937], Zambia K000315356
Brummitt, R.K. [9656], Malawi K000315358
Croix, I.l.a. [295], Malawi K000315364
Pawek, J. [12444], Malawi K000315365
Pawek, J. [9278], Malawi K000315366
Einson, M. [5], Malawi K000315370
Holmes, W.D. [0206], Malawi K000315374
Pawek, J. [14275], Malawi K000315371
Croix, I.l.a. [671], Malawi K000315372
Jackson, G. [2193], Malawi K000315359
s.coll. [450], Malawi K000315375
Benson, F.M. [1254], Malawi K000315360

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 7: 266 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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