AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium neglectum subsp. woodii (Schltr.) A.V.Hall, Contr. Bolus Herb. 10: 86 (1982).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Satyrium woodii Schltr., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20(50): 16 (1895).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Satyrium beyrichianum Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 508 (1898).
Description:
Differs from ssp. neglectum in having usually fewer flowers; the perianth usually orange yellow, sometimes pink or rose-coloured; the galea usually medium-sized with its aperture usually 6-9 mm tall, sometimes as small as 3 mm, the rostellum usually with a slender, beak-like apex, rarely shorter and rounded.
Habitat:
Flowering of Satyrium neglectum ssp. woodii takes place earlier than ssp. neglectum, at the beginning of Summer in the months from October to December, only rarely as late as January. Altitudes of its sites in Southern Africa range from 300 m in Transkei to nearly 900 m near Pietermaritzburg. It has been recorded as rare and local in moist grassland.
Distribution:
It has been found at rather few scattered localities in Southern Africa, from S. Transkei to the Natal midlands, a distance of about 350 km. In the tropics it extends from Zimbabwe to Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaire, Uganda and Kenya.

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
Satyriumneglectumsubsp.woodii
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.