Satyrium muticum Lindl. 1838 SUBGENUS Satyrium

photo by Kurzwell

Another angle

Plant and flowers in situ Cape Province South Africa

photos by J.H. Vlok/A.L. Schutte-Vlok and The Red List of South African Plants Website


Common Name The Shortened Satyrium [refers to its lack of floral spurs]

Flower Size

Found in southern Cape Province South Africa in fynbos on relatively dry slopes at elevations of 100 to 380 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrerstrial with 1 to 2, adpressed to the ground, broadly ovate to orbicular leaves and the erect flowering stem is enveloped by 6, reddish below, green above, flask-like, water holding sheaths that blooms in the later winter and early spring on an erect, terminal, [18 to 52 cm] long, moderately dense, 3 to 12 flowered inflorescence carrying mildly fragrant flowers with fully deflexed, 2 to 2.5 times longer than the ovary floral bracts at blooming.

This species is naturally very rare and was thought to be extinct due to urban developement and agriculture but has been rediscovered recently.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 drawings fide;