Satyrium ecalcaratum Schltr. 1916

Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Spurless Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi in upland grasslands, lava outcrops and on volcanic ash at elevations of 3000 to 3600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to fusiform, tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, slender to rather stout, leafy throughout stem carrying 4 to 6, lowermost sheath-like, the next 2 more or less spreading, ovate, elliptical, to broadly lanceolate, acute, the uppermost grading smaller leaves that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a terminal, erect, somewhat pyrimidical, .8 to 2.4" [2 to 6 cm] long, densely 8 to many flowered inflorescence with spreading, lanceolate, acute floral bracts .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995;