Satyrium trinerve Lindl.

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Satyrium trinerve

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd, Nyanga

Satyrium trinerve

Photo: Bart Wursten
Airedale Rd, Nyanga

Satyrium trinerve

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small Bridge Dam

Satyrium trinerve

Photo: Petra Ballings
Small Bridge Dam, Penhalonga

Satyrium trinerve

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka game reserve

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Synonyms: Satyrium atherstonei Rchb. f.
Satyrium nuttii Rolfe
Satyrium occultum Rolfe
Satyrium zombense Rolfe
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Terrestrial herb, up to 1m tall. Flowers many, densely packed in conical spikes, which appear white. Flowers white with the median sepal and petals sometimes yellow. Bracts white at the margins near apex.
Derivation of specific name: trinerve: 3-veined
Habitat: In vleis and at the margins of damp woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 2300 m
Flowering time:Dec - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, South Africa and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 228 - 229. (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).

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La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 150. (Includes a picture).

La Croix, I.F. & La Croix T.M. (1983). Orchids of Bvumbwe The Society of Malawi Journal 36(2) Page 18. As Satyrium atherstonei

Linder, H.P. & Kurzweil, H. (1999). Orchids of Southern Africa A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, the Netherlands ISBN 90-5410-445-7 Pages 155 - 156. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 98.

McMurtry, D., Grobler, L., Grobler, J. & Burns, S. (2008). Field Guide to the ORCHIDS of Northern South Africa and Swaziland Umdaus Press, PO Box 11059 Hatfield 0028 South Africa Pages 158 - 159. (Includes a picture).

Moriarty, A. (1975). Wild Flowers of Malawi Purnell & sons Cape Town. Pages 59 - 60. As Satyrium atherstonei (Includes a picture).

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

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 141.

Williamson, G. (1977). The Orchids of South Central Africa J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., London. Page 97. As Satyrium atherstonei (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 85.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Satyrium trinerve
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Flora of Mozambique: Satyrium trinerve
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Wikipedia: Satyrium trinerve

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Satyrium trinerve., retrieved 21 May 2024

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