Satyrium mirum Summerh. 1966 Drawing by John Ball and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Extrodinary Satyrium

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Zimbabwe in open montane grasslands at elevations of 1800 to 1880 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a 2 basal, opposite, adpressed to the ground, ovate to orbicular, apiculate, rather fleshy leaves with 8 to 10 imbricate, white sheaths up the erect, terminal, 16 to 20" [40 to 50 cm] long, fairly laxly 3 to 7 flowered inflorescence with a raceme that is 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long and occurs in the late summer and early fall.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 OrchidaceaePart 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide; Terrestrial African Orchids a Select Review Ball 2009 drawing fide