African Plant Database

Satyrium compactum Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 20: 179 (1966)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-60 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid-globose, to 2 cm long; stem leafy; leaves 6-10, the lowermost 1-2 sheath-like, the following linear, 6-14x0,7-1,3 cm, the 3 uppermost much smaller; inflorescence shortly cylindrical, 1-6x1-2 cm, densely 4-many-flowered; flowers arched, white tinged green; bracts lanceolate, 5-12 mm long, spreading; ovary c. 5 mm long, pubescent; sepals and petals decurved; dorsal sepal oblong-ligulate, 3-5x c. 1 mm; laterals longer and wider; petals similar to dorsal sepal but shorter and narrower; lip horizontal, ovate, 4-6 mm long; spurs 1-2 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Wet grassland, dambo, often on peaty soil; 1350-1800 m alt.
  Resembling S. trinerve but inflorescence and flowers smaller.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 223
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see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Flora of Zimbabwe
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