Satyrium hallackii Bolus
subsp. ocellatum (Bolus) A.V. Hall

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Satyrium hallackii subsp. ocellatum

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Satyrium hallackii subsp. ocellatum

Photo: Darrel Plowes

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Synonyms: Satyrium nutans Kraenzl.
Satyrium ocellatum Bolus
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb up to 1 m tall. Leaves 8-10, lowest sheath-like, next 2-4 large, up to 28 × 7 cm, broadly lanceolate; remaining leaves much smaller, becoming bract-like along the stem. Inflorescence 10-24 cm long, fairly densely many-flowered. Bracts up to 25 mm long, reflexed. Flowers white, sometimes flushed with pink. Sepals and petals pointing forward. Lip convex, forming a wide-mouthed hood; spurs 30-65 mm long.
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Flowering time:Nov - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Subsp. ocellatum also occurs in Malawi and South Africa but the newly described subsp. ballii is restricted to Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Fibeck, W. & Dare, M. (1993). Terrestrial Orchids in Zimbabwe. Excelsa 16 Page 70.

Grosvenor, R.K. (1976). A list of orchids indigenous in Rhodesia. Excelsa 6 Page 85. As Satyrium ocellatum

La Croix, I. & Cribb, P.J. (1995). Orchidaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 11(1) Pages 206 - 208. as Satyrium hallackii subsp. ocellatum

La Croix, I. et al. (1991). Orchids of Malawi A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam Page 137.

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 97.

Van der Niet, T. & Cribb, P.J. (2006). Additions to the Orchid Flora of Angola, Tanzania and Zimbabwe Kew Bulletin 61(2) Pages 261 - 262. as Satyrium hallackii var. ballii (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Satyrium hallackii subsp. ocellatum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Satyrium hallackii
African Plant Database: Satyrium hallackii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Satyrium hallackii subsp. ocellatum., retrieved 19 July 2024

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