Satyrium rhynchanthoides Schltr.

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Satyrium rhynchanthoides

Picture: Michello Rowe
Kalichelo Hill, Masasa, Ntcheu District.

Satyrium rhynchanthoides

Picture: Michello Rowe
Kalichelo Hill, Masasa, Ntcheu District.

Satyrium rhynchanthoides

Picture: Michello Rowe
Chelinda area, Nyika National Park

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Common names:
Status: Native
Slender terrestrial herb 12–32 cm tall; tubers globose to ellipsoid, up to 3.5 cm long, woolly. Leaves 4–6 along the stem. Lowermost 1–2 leaves sheath-like, the next 2–3 leaves borne near the stem base but not appressed to the ground, lanceolate, up to 7 cm long, spreading, light green; the upper leaves bract-like. Inflorescence c. 8 cm long, laxly 3–25-flowered. Flowers pale pink, lilac or almost white; bracts erect, lanceolate, 10–15 mm long. Sepals and petals spreading forwards or decurved, joined to each other and lip in basal third. Median sepal oblanceolate, 7–9.5 mm long; lateral sepals slightly shorter and c. 3 mm wide. Petals similar to median sepal but slightly shorter. Lip 7–9 mm long, very convex, wide-mouthed, the apex recurved. Spurs 6–8 mm long, slender, tapering, arched over ovary.
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Notes: Although the specific name is spelled as rhynchantoides in almost all known literature the original spelling used by Schlechter in the protologue (Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 53: 529, 1915) was rhynchanthoides. This now seems to be the accepted spelling.
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Habitat: Submontane grassland, high rainfall woodland, usually on rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: 1650 - 2200 m
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,Mc
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Content last updated: Wednesday 9 January 2019

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 230 - 231. (Includes a picture).

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) Pages 208 - 209.

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 139. (Includes a picture).

Morris, B. (1970). Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi The Society of Malawi Page 24. (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 93 - 94. (Includes a picture).

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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 rhynchanthoides., retrieved 13 June 2024

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