Satyrium amblyosaccos Schltr.

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Satyrium amblyosaccos

Undisturbed miombo woodland in rocky sandy loam soil
Kamakunka area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Satyrium amblyosaccos

Undisturbed miombo woodland in rocky sandy loam soil
Kamakunka area
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

Satyrium amblyosaccos

Undisturbed miombo woodland in rocky sandy loam soil
Semu area, by Chimfunsi Nature Reserve
Jan 2019
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Satyrium papillosum Schltr.
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Status: Native
Terrestrial herb 20–65 cm high; tubers more or less ovoid, up to 3.5 cm long. Sterile shoot 3–4-leaved, lower 2–3 leaves sheath-like, upper leaves lanceolate, up to 18 long. Flowering stem with 5–9 leaves, largest erect, in the middle of the stem, more or less lanceolate, 10–17 cm long, loosely sheathing at base. Inflorescence fairly densely many-flowered, 5–20 cm long. Flowers white, tipped with green; bracts prominent, up to 30 mm long, reflexed or sometimes spreading. Sepals and petals deflexed, joined to each other in basal half and to lip in basal third. Median sepal oblong-oblanceolate, 6–10 mm long, rounded; lateral sepals slightly shorter but wider. Petals slightly shorter than sepals, oblanceolate, c. 1 mm wide. Lip very convex , 6–9 mm long, with a wide mouth and a beak-like apex c. 2 mm long. Spurs 2–3 mm long, short and sac-like.
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Habitat: Montane grassland, Brachystegia woodland, sometimes in marshy areas.
Altitude range: 1200 - 2300 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,Mc
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Content last updated: Tuesday 28 May 2019

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La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 220.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 147. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 124.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Pages 97 - 98. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Satyrium amblyosaccos., retrieved 21 April 2024

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