Satyrium orbiculare Rolfe

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Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Petra Ballings
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

Satyrium orbiculare

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park.

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Status: Native
Description:
Terrestrial herb 15–35 cm high; tubers almost globose to ellipsoid, 6–2 mm long, densely hairy. Basal leaves 2, appressed to the ground, more or less round to kidney-shaped, 4–6 cm wide; stem with 4–7 loosely sheathing leaves up to 3 cm long. Inflorescence fairly densely several-many-flowered, 5–7 cm long. Flowers bright orange-red, spurs paler at tips; bracts reflexed, 15 mm long at base of inflorescence. Sepals and petals spreading or slightly decurved. Median sepal oblanceolate, 7–8.5 mm long; lateral sepals obliquely ovate, 6-8 mm long. Petals oblanceolate, 5–7.5 mm long. Lip very convex, 6–7 mm long, wide-mouthed with a dorsal keel. Spurs 9–10 mm long, slender.
Type location:
Zambia, Mbala
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: orbiculare: orbicular, spherical, round, referring to the basal leaves.
Habitat: Montane grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: 1650 - 2250 m
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc
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Content last updated: Thursday 28 March 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 335. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Page 203.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 132. (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 92 - 93. (Includes a picture).

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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Satyrium orbiculare
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Satyrium orbiculare
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Satyrium orbiculare.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=209560, retrieved 29 November 2021

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