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Satyrium aberrans Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 20: 182 (1966)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : “A tiny unmistakable orchid” (Cribb & Leedal, Mount. flow. south. Tanzania.: 223, 1982), terrestrial herb 7-17 cm tall, glabrous; stem erect, slender, leafy; leaves 3-5, spread, the lowermost and uppermost ones bract-like, the middle ones ovate-lanceolate, 2-6x1-4,5 cm, fleshy; inflorescence 2-4 cm long, 1,5-2 cm Ø, densely few-many-flowered; flowers sessile, (greenish) white; bracts reflexed, chocolate-brown; ovary 5 mm long; sepals and petals deflexed, oblong, c. 4-6x2 mm; petals narrowly lanceolate, c. 4x1 mm; lip erect, very convex with a wide mouth, 3-4 mm long, apex acute; spurs 2, broadly cylindrical, c. 3-6 mm long, ± straight.
Ecology : Rocky cliffs; rock crevices in mist zone; growing with, e.g. Commelina hockii, Cephalaria pungens, Thalictrum zernyi, Satyrium comptum; 1800-2816 m alt.
  Occurrence in S Malawi (Mt Mulanje) reported by I. la Croix & al., Orchids Malawi: 151, 1991, and by Kurzweil, Pl. Mt Mulanje: 243 , 1992, refers to S. afromontanum.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 224
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