Satyrium pumilum Thunb. 1794 SUBGENUS Brachysaccium

Plant and Flower in situ South Africa

Photos by Tyrone Genade


Common Name The Dwarf Satyrium - Aasblom

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the Cape Province of South Africa in seepage areas with clay or sandy soils in lower winter rainfall areas at elevations of 450 to 1200 meters as a cool to cold growing, dwarf terrestrial with a basal rosette of 3 to 5, ovate leaves with the uppermost becoming sheath and bract-like which blooms in the spring on a terminal, short, densly few [to 7] flowered, racemose inflorescence with non-resupinate flowers that smell of rotting meat. Yum.

Synonyms Aviceps pumila (Thunb.) Lindl. 1838; Diplecthrum pumilum Pers. 1807

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation La Croix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 69 No 1 2000 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #6 2011 photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;