Satyrium oliganthum Schltr. 1915 SUBGENUS Leucocomus

Drawing by John S. Ball and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Sparse Blooming Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe in montane grasslands in tussocky grass among boulders and in dambos at elevations of 1120 to 2100 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid, woolly tubers giving rise to an erect, slender stem carrying 5 to 6, the lowest 2 sheath-like, the next 2, near the base but not adpressed to the growund, relatively large, spreading to erect, ovate, acute, sometimes with one withered at blooming, the upper ones grading smaller and bract-like leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, laxly to fairly densely 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Satyrium paludosum var. parvibracteatum Schltr. 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995;