African Plant Database

Satyrium schimperi Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Protologue : Tent. Fl. Abyss. 2: 300 (1850) 
Information on the genus : Satyrium
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Satyrium parviflorum var. schimperi (A. Rich.) Schltr.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Terrestrial herb 15-60 cm tall, glabrous; tubers ellipsoid-fusiform, 1-3x0,5-1,5 cm; stem slender; leaves 5-7, the lowest 1-2 sheath-like, the middle 2 spreading, subopposite, elliptical, acute, borne towards stem base, 4-16x2-5 cm, the upper 2-3 leaves spread, appressed to stem, the largest 3-8x0,8-1,4 cm; inflorescence narrowly cylindrical, 5-22x1,5-2 cm, 5-50-flowered; flowers (yellow) green; bracts lanceolate, 8-28 mm long, reflexed; ovary 5-7 mm long; tepals sharply decurved, with papillate margins; dorsal sepal oblanceolate, 4-5x1 mm; laterals similar, twisted; petals similar but shorter; lip fleshy, ellipsoid, hooded, 5-6 mm long, apex recurved; spurs slender, 5-8 mm long, parallel to ovary.
Ecology : Grassland often rocky, amongst herbs and shrubs; grassy places in open forest of Juniperus, Erica arborea; bush; often on volcanic soils; growing in colonies; 1900-3500 m alt.
  Close to S. chlorocorys, S. buchananii. Similar to S. volkensii, but length and position of spurs different.
  Rwanda-Burundi-E Zaire-Ethiopia-Kenya
  • KIPKOECH S. & AL. (2020). An annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Aberdare Ranges Forest, a part of Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot PhytoKeys 149: 23 
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