Satyrium paludosum Rchb. f.

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Satyrium paludosum

Picture: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

Satyrium paludosum

Picture: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

Satyrium paludosum

Picture: Margaret Westrop
Viphya Plateau

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Common names:
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb 30–90 cm high; tubers ellipsoid, up to 2.5 cm long, hairy. Leaves 5–11 along the stem, lowermost 2–3 sheathing, the rest semi-erect, lanceolate, ribbed, 12–27 cm long, decreasing in size towards stem apex. Inflorescence pyramidal, 3–6 cm long, densely many-flowered. Flowers white, often with purple marks at base of petals and inside lip; bracts erect, up to 26 mm long, pale green. Sepals and petals projecting forwards, joined in basal half or third. Median sepal ligulate, 9–11 mm long; lateral sepals of similar length but about twice as wide, oblique. Petals similar to median sepal but slightly shorter and narrower. Lip 8.5–14 mm long, very convex with a projecting apex, wide-mouthed, hairy inside at base. Spurs saccate, 1–2.5 mm long, sometimes almost absent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: paludosum: of marshy places.
Habitat: Montane and boggy grassland.
Altitude range: 1300 - 2200 m
Flowering time:Nov - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,C
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Content last updated: Sunday 6 January 2019

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Satyrium paludosum., retrieved 4 March 2024

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