Satyrium neglectum Schltr.
var. neglectum

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Satyrium neglectum var. neglectum

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

Satyrium neglectum var. neglectum

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

Satyrium neglectum var. neglectum

Photo: Bart Wursten
World's View, Nyanga

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Common names: Pink candle orchid (English)
Status: Native
Robust terrestrial herb, 25 - 80 cm. Foliage leaves 2-5 on a separate sterile shoot. Flowering stem with sheathing leaves along the stem. Inflorescence tall and candle-like, densely many-flowered among large, reflexed, pinkish bracts. Flowers pale to deep crimson pink, rarely yellow. Lip convex, forming a hood; spurs 6-17 mm long, parallel to the ovary.
Derivation of specific name: neglectum: overlooked
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,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.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

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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.

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

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

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 36, plate 56

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. Pages 94 - 95.

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

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Flora of Mozambique: Satyrium neglectum var. neglectum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Satyrium neglectum var. neglectum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Satyrium neglectum
African Plant Database: Satyrium neglectum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Satyrium neglectum
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Satyrium neglectum
JSTOR Plant Science: Satyrium neglectum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Satyrium neglectum
Plants of the World Online: Satyrium neglectum
Tropicos: Satyrium neglectum
Wikipedia: Satyrium neglectum

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 neglectum var. neglectum., retrieved 23 April 2024

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