Satyrium breve Rolfe

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Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

Satyrium breve

Photo: Stefaan Dondeyne
Tandara plateau, Mozambique

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Synonyms: var. minor Summerh.
Common names:
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, 10 - 60 cm tall. Foliage leaves 4 on a separate sterile shoot, lanceolate, up to 30 × 2 cm, lower leaves sheath-like. Flowering stem with 5-8 leaves along the stem, erect, lanceolate, up to 25 × 5 cm, largest in the middle. Inflorescence densely few-many-flowered, often short and pyramidal in shape, particularly when young. Flowers pale-deep pink to purple-red, sometimes with darker streaks. Lip convex with a wide mouth, 6-16 mm long, apex acute, often reflexed; sepals and petals pointing forward; spurs 2-15.5 mm long, blunt, parallel to the ovary.
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Habitat: In marshy grassland
Altitude range: (metres) 1200 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Sep - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 June 2009

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 226 - 227. (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 333. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 222 - 223.

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


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Satyrium breve., retrieved 20 January 2018

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