Satyrium brachyrhynchum Schltr.
Satyrium buchananii Rolfe
Satyrium cheirophorum Rolfe
Satyrium morrumbalaensis De Wild.
Satyrium speciosum Rolfe
Satyrium macrophyllum is a perennial, herbaceous plant producing erect stems 15 - 80cm tall arising from a pair of round-oval underground tubers, 10 - 25mm long, 10mm across[
A very popular wild food, the plant is commonly harvested from the wild for its tubers, which are widely sold in local markets[
]. The plant is also sometimes grown as an ornamental[
The plant is locally common, but is becoming increasingly rare due to over collecting. Harvesting of orchid tubers destroys the whole plant and is thus an unsustainable harvesting method which should be discouraged. To maintain
wild populations, studies on domestication are urgently needed[
East tropical Africa - eastern DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, S. Africa.
Damp or poorly drained upland grassland, edges of scrub or open Brachystegia woodland at elevations from 1,200 - 2,900 metres[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Tubers - cooked[
]. Cooked and eaten like potatoes[
]. The tubers are peeled, pounded, the flour fermented and then baked into cakes, which are eaten with tea[
Division of tubers[
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