African Plant Database

Satyrium microcorys Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 533 (1915) 
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender herb, 10-40 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ellipsoid, 1-2x0,4-1,1 cm; stem leafy; leaves 5-8, the lowest 1-2 sheath-like, next 2 spreading, close to base, elliptical, 2,5-13x1-4,5 cm, the remaining bract-like 2,5-6,5x0,7-1,2 cm; inflorescence 5-14 cm long, cylindrical, 1-2 cm Ø, many-flowered; flowers yellow(-green) or cream, sometimes fragrant; bracts lanceolate, 5-15x4 mm, reflexed; ovary 5-6 mm long; sepals and petals decurved, ciliolate at apex; dorsal sepal oblanceolate, c. 3x0,5 mm; laterals longer and wider; petals smaller; lip hooded, ellipsoid, 3-4 mm long, fleshy, apex shortly recurved, mouth narrow; spurs 3-5 mm long, parallel to ovary, apex bulbous.
Ecology : Grassland amongst rocks in seepage areas; stony slopes; rock ledges; pumice detritus; 1000-2700 m alt. – Very local but common where it occurs.
  “Very large tubers that are attractive. Probably used as chikanda” (Golding, Sabonet News 6/2: 98, 2001). Some plants resembling S. chlorocorys are perhaps hybrids with the latter; they occur together on, e.g. the Nyika Plateau (Fl. Zambes. 11/1: 217, 1995).

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Énum. Pl. Fleurs Afr. Trop. 3: 156 (1995).
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