Satyrium beyrichianum Kraenzl.
Satyrium colliferum Schltr.
Satyrium densum Rolfe
Satyrium papyretorum Schltr.
Satyrium woodii Schltr.
Satyrium neglectum is a perennial, herbaceous plant producing erect stems up to 100cm tall, arising from a round-oval underground tubers, 15 - 30mm 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 Africa - Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, S. Africa.
Upland or montane grassland at elevations from 1,800 - 2,700 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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