African Plant Database

Satyrium volkensii Schltr.
Protologue : Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 425 (1897)
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Satyrium dizygoceras Summerh. (1932)
=Satyrium leptopetalum Kraenzl. (1905)
=Satyrium trachypetalum Kraenzl. (1898)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 20-110 cm tall; tubers ellipsoid, 1-5x0,7-2,2 cm; sterile shoot to 5 cm long, 3-4-leaved; lower 2 leaves sheath-like, upper 1-3 lanceolate-acute, 5-13x2-6 cm; flowering stem covered by 8-15 sheathing leaves, lanceolate, 2,5-11x1-3 cm; inflorescence cylindrical, 5-42x1,5-2,5 cm, many-flowered; flowers curved outwards, (yellow-) green, sometimes tinged purplish, scented; bracts lanceolate, 10-35 mm long, reflexed; ovary 5-10 mm long; tepals decurved; dorsal sepal oblanceolate, 3-6x < 1 mm; laterals elliptical, 4-7x1,5 mm, much twisted; petals oblanceolate, 3-5x0,5 mm, pubescent, ciliolate; lip ellipsoid, much hooded, 4-6x4-6 mm, fleshy, apex shortly recurved, mouth narrow; spurs 2, very slender, 10-25 mm, pendent, sometimes (very variable) with 2 short additional spurs c. 1 mm long (cf. Summerhayes in Kew Bull. 8: 577, 1954).
Ecology : Grassland, sometimes with scattered bushes, Protea, etc.; open woodland, Brachystegia and mixed woodland; bushland; dambo margins; often on sloping ground; copper steppe savanna with low copper content; 1050-2700 m alt.
  Also in Burundi ?

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • EXELL, A. & WILD, H. (1995). Flora Zambesiaca: Mozambique, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Bechuanaland Protectorate. London Kew 11[1]: 216
  • DARBYSHIRE, I. KORDOFAMI, M. & AL. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing : 85

Bibliography other :
  • KIPKOECH S. & AL. (2020). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Aberdare Ranges Forest, a part of Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot PhytoKeys 149: 24 
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