African Plant Database

Satyrium oliganthum Schltr.
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Satyrium paludosum var. parvibracteatum Schltr.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial slender herb 10-40 cm tall; tubers ovoid, c. 2,5x1,6 cm; stem leafy; leaves 5-6, lowermost sheath-like, the next 2 borne near stem base but not appressed to ground, these ovate-acute, 2,5-11x1-2,5 cm, sometimes with one withered at anthesis, upper leaves bract-like; inflorescence 4-8 cm long, 2-3 cm Ø, ± laxly 3-6-15-flowered; flowers pale pink or mauve, lip with purple markings; bracts erect, 4-18 mm long; ovary slender, 7-9 mm long; sepals and petals projecting forwards; dorsal sepal oblanceolate, 8-11x1-3 mm; laterals similar but wider; petals 9-11x c. 1 mm; lip 8-9 mm long with apical flap (not reflexed) 2-3 mm long, mouth wide; spurs 4-8 mm long, stout but tapering, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland near rocks or in tussocky grass amongst boulders; dambos; 1120-2180 m alt.

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

Bibliography other :
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53(3-5): 534 (1915)
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