African Plant Database

Satyrium mirum Summerh.
Protologue : Kew Bull. 20: 170 (1966)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 40-60 cm tall; tubers 2, 1,8-2,5 cm Ø; basal leaves 2, appressed to ground, ovate-orbicular, 5-10x5-7 cm, apiculate, rather fleshy, margins very stiff; stem with 8-10 sheathing imbricate leaves c. 7-8 cm long; inflorescence 5-9 cm long, 6 cm Ø, 3-7-flowered; flowers white; bracts erect, 20-40 mm long; pedicel and ovary 17-24 mm long; tepals toothed at apex; dorsal sepal oblong, c. 15-17x4-5 mm; laterals similar, but wider; petals elliptic-lanceolate, 16-17x6-8 mm, fringed; lip erect, ± orbicular, 18-19x14-16 mm, fimbriate, apex recurved; spurs slender, 115-145 mm long, pendent, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Open moorland grassland along ridge; abundant where it occurs; 1800-1880 m alt.
  Known only from the type collected in 1956 on the border Zimbabwe/Mozambique, Melsetter.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 203
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see under The International Plant Name Index
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