African Plant Database

Satyrium afromontanum La Croix & P.J. Cribb
Protologue : Kew Bull. 48(2): 361 (1993)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 2-10 cm tall; tubers ovoid, 1,2-2x0,3-0,4 cm; leaves 4-6, the 2 lowermost sheathing, the next 2 spreading, sub-opposite near stem base, the larger ovate, 2-3,2x1,4-2,2 cm, clasping stem at base; scape with 1-2 sheathing smaller, bract-like leaves; inflorescence 1-2-flowered; flowers white, tips of spurs green; bracts loose, funnel-shaped, ovate, 7-10x9-10 mm, enclosing ovary; ovary 11-13 mm long, apex constricted; sepals and petals projecting forwards; dorsal sepal oblong, c. 7x1 mm; laterals obliquely ovate, c. 8x4 mm; petals similar but shorter; lip very convex, 7-8 mm long, c. 8 mm wide, apex reflexed; spurs 5-6 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland in damp places sheltered by rocks; in local colonies; 2100-2400 m alt.
  Resembling S. comptum.
  Endemic to Mt Mulanje, Malawi.

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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