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This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique to E. Cape Prov.
Satyrium sphaerocarpum Lindl. original illustration from Curtis's Botanical Magazine

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Terrestrial herb 20–40 cm high; tubers c. 2 cm long, ellipsoid.
Morphology Stem
Stem leafy with c. 5 leaves.
Morphology Leaves
Lowermost leaves sheath-like, the next 2 leaves spreading or semi-erect, borne near the base of the stem, 5–12 × 2–4 cm, ovate, acute; upper leaves smaller and bract-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 3–18 × 3–4 cm, fairly densely several- to many-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers whitish with purple blotches within, or pink and white.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 7–9 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts up to 20 mm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Sepals and petals projecting and slightly decurved, joined to each other and lip for about a third of their length.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Median sepal 12–13 × 1–1.5 mm, oblong, obtuse, lateral sepals 12–15 × 2–2.5 mm, oblique.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 12–14 × c. 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Labellum
Lip 13–14 mm long, 7–9 mm wide when spread out, wide-mouthed, with reflexed apical flap 1–2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Spur
Spurs 8–15 mm long, very slender from a relatively wide mouth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Column
Column 9–11 mm long; stigma semi-orbicular, c. 1.5 mm high; rostellum less than 0.5 mm long, obtuse.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique

Satyrium sphaerocarpum Lindl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Courtenay-Latimer, H., South Africa 25680.000
Batten, A. 30418.000

First published in Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 337 (1838)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Johnson, S. & Bytebier, B. (2015). Orchids of South Africa. A field guide: 1-536. Struik nature, Cape Town, South Africa.

Art and Illustrations in Digifolia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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