African Plant Database

Satyrium welwitschii Rchb. f.
Protologue : Flora 48: 182 (1865)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial stout herb 45-60 cm or more tall, “with the habit of Orchis militaris”, 4-8-leaved; tuber ovoid-oblong, 3,5 cm long; leaves oblong-lanceolate, c. 7,5-25x1,5-4 cm, the lower 2-3 sheath-like; inflorescence 5-10 cm long, densely many-flowered; flowers milk-white or spotted with violet-purple; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 12-20 mm long, purplish-green; ovary 6-10 mm long; tepals papillate; dorsal sepal linear-oblong, 9-14x1 mm; laterals oblong, similar but much wider; petals similar; lip galeate, 12 mm long, apex erect or reflexed, mouth wide; spurs linear, 6-8 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Marshy places by streams growing with Ranunculus pinnatus, Salix hexandra; swamps.
  Olszewski (2004: 29) considers S. welwitschii as a synonym of S. paludosum. It is maintained as distinct species in the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Orchidaceae, Roy. Bot. Gard., Kew.
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