Satyrium macrophyllum Lindl.

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Satyrium macrophyllum

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Erin Forest Reserve, Inyanga

Satyrium macrophyllum

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Erin Forest Reserve, Inyanga

Satyrium macrophyllum

Photo: Darrel Plowes
Erin Forest Reserve, Inyanga

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Synonyms: Satyrium buchananii Rolfe
Satyrium cheirophorum Rolfe
Satyrium murrumbalaense De Wild.
Satyrium speciosum Summerh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb up to 80 cm tall. Leaves 6-10, lowest sheath-like, next 2 large and spreading, ovate, up to 24 × 8 cm, glossy light green, not appressed to the ground; remaining leaves much smaller, sheath-like along the stem. Inflorescence up to 22 cm long, densely many-flowered. Bracts up to 3 cm long, lanceolate, acute, reflexed. Flowers pale to deep pink. Sepals and petals pointing forward, or slightly decurved. Petals slightly shorter than median sepal. Lip convex, forming a wide-mouthed hood; spurs 12-20 mm long, parallel to the ovary.
Derivation of specific name: macrophyllum: big-leaved
Habitat: Occurring in Brachystegia woodland and grassland
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Satyrium macrophyllum., retrieved 19 May 2024

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