AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium hallackii Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 20: 476 (1884).
Description:
An erect glabrous stout herb, 25-60 cm. high; stem straight leafy; leaves erect-spreading ovate-lanceolate acute, sheathing at base, the upper decreasing in size, the lower 10-20 cm. long; spike oblong or cylindrical, densely many-flowered, 8-15 cm. long; bracts erect-spreading lanceolate acute, exceeding the flowers; lateral sepals spreading oblong obtuse, 0,8-1 cm long, the odd one a little narrower; petals as long as the sepals and connate with them for one-third or one-fourth of their length, lanceolate obtuse; lip erect galeate, the mouth suborbicular or wider than long, keeled on the back, the apex free and reflexed, the spurs pendent filiform, a little shorter than the ovary; rostellum short, the lateral lobes tooth-like acute, the intermediate porrect lanceolate acute; stigmatiferous lobe rounded at the apex; ovary 1 cm. long.
Habitat:
In moist and brackish soils near the shore at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters.
Distribution:
Malawi to S. Africa
Key to the subspecies of Satyrium hallackii
References:
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012
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Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.