Fernkloof Nature Reserve

Satyrium coriifolium


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 Satyrium coriifolium   Satyrium coriifolium
 Satyrium coriifolium


Habitat

Coastal sands and clayey mountain foothills, often seen on roadsides

Altitude

Sea level to 750m

Flowering time

August to December

Description

Plants erect and 18-75cm tall. Leaves 2-4, partly erect to spreading, rather thick and leathery, purple-spotted towards leaf sheathing bases. Flowers largish and deeply hooded, bright orange to yellow, lip often tinged with red, scent absent to fairly pungent. Spurs 9-12mm long. The comparitively large and sturdy plants are often pollinated by lesser-collared, orange-breasted and malachite sunbirds, pollinia attaching themselves to the bird's beak. coriifolium meaning 'with leathery leaves' refers to the texture of the plants leaves

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2017 / 3 / 22