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Satyrium neglectum Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(4, Beibl. 50): 15, 39 (1895)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Satyrium neglectum Schltr. var. neglectum
 Satyrium neglectum Schltr. subsp. neglectum
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Satyrium colliferum Schltr. (1915)
=Satyrium densum Rolfe (1898)
Taxon infra-specific
Satyrium neglectum Schltr. var. neglectum
Satyrium neglectum subsp. woodii (Schltr.) A.V. Hall
Satyrium neglectum var. brevicalcar Summerh. (1966)
Satyrium neglectum Schltr. subsp. neglectum
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-100 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ellipsoid, 1,5-3x0,6-1 cm; sterile shoot to 10 cm long, 2-5-leaved; lowest 2 leaves sheath-like, the upper 1-3 lanceolate, 12-27x2,5-7 cm; flowering stem covered by 6-12 sheathing leaves, lanceolate, 4-13x1-2,5 cm, decreasing in size upwards; inflorescence cylindrical, 5-35x2-3 cm, densely 17-80-flowered; flowers curved outwards, pale to deep pink, rarely (yellowish) white; bracts prominent, reflexed, spear-shaped, 10-40x10 mm; ovary curved, 8-12 mm long; tepals deflexed; dorsal sepal oblong-elliptical, 5-8x c. 2 mm; laterals slightly wider and twisted; petals similar but oblique; lip very convex, hooded, 5-10x5-8 mm, mouth wide; spurs slender, 6-19 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland; disturbed shrubland; occasionally dambos; Papyrus swamp; 1500-2740 m alt. – “Can be seen in thousands on the Kitulo Plateau” [SW Tanz.] (Cribb & Leedal, Mount. flow. south. Tanzania.: 220, 1982).
  Comprises 2 subspecies, one of them with 2 varities.
  In his treatment of S. neglectum Hall (1982): 76-87) did not recognise var. brevicalcar Summerh. as a distinct variety under subsp. neglectum. On the other hand he included S. sceptrum Schltr. and S. acutirostrum Summerh. in his subsp. woodii. This was followed by Stewart & Campbell, Orchids Kenya: 159, 1996, who treat S. woodii as a distinct species with S. sceptrum Schltr. and S. acutirostrum Summerh. as synonyms. The hybrid S. longicauda x S. neglectum from Zimbabwe was described by Fibeck & Phiri (S. Afric. Orchid J. 28/2: 51-52, 1997) and later by Phiri (Orchidee Hamburg 55: 194-195, 2004) under the name S. x fibeckii. The pollination system has been studied by Johnson & al. (Pl. Syst. Evol. 292: 97, 2011). Allied to S. sceptrum.
  E S. Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland.
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