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Satyrium anomalum Schltr.
Family : ORCHIDACEAE
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 424 (1897)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
 
 
Status
Status for TA : accepted (present)
 
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Satyrium minax Rolfe (1898)
 
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb, stout, glabrous, 40-100 cm tall; tubers ± ellipsoid, 2-5,5x0,6-2,2 cm; sterile shoot c. 7 cm tall, 3-4-leaved, the lowermost 1-2 leaves sheathing, upper leaves lanceolate, 12-27x3-6 cm; flowering stem with 10-12 sheathing leaves 6-10x2-3 cm; inflorescence cylindrical, 16-45x2,5-3,5 cm, loosely many-flowered; flowers sessile, lilac or green and whitish tinged red-purple; bracts leafy, lanceolate, 6-30x7 mm, reflexed; ovary 6-10 mm long; sepals and petals decurved; sepals oblanceolate, c. 5x1-2 mm, the dorsal narrower than laterals, ciliolate; petals linear, 4-5 mm long, ciliolate; lip thick, ellipsoid, hooded, 5-7 mm long, mouth contracted; spurs filiform, 8-11 mm long, “flying outwards and upwards”, like a snail’s horns.
Ecology : Brachystegia and Julbernardia woodlands; open wood on hillsides; grassland; “occurring as scattered plants”; 1000-2000 m alt.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Exell, A. & Wild, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 213
 
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
 
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