Satyrium retusum Lindl.1838 SUBGENUS Brachysaccium [Schltr] Kurzweil & Linder 1999 Photo by Peter Linder and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Drawing by Harry Bolus


Common Name The Blunted Satyrium

Flower Size 1/3" [8mm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province of South Africa in fynbos on sandy to peaty black soils at elevations of sea-level to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with 1 to 2, close to the ground leaves that transition above to the sheathing leaves that blooms in the spring and earlier summer on an erect, terminal, .8 to 5.6" [2 to 14 cm] long, 5 to 60 flowered inflorescence carrying pungently sweet smelling flowers.

Synonyms Satyrium bracteatum Lindl. 1838; Satyrium debile Bolus 1885; Satyrium lindleyanum Bolus 1884

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;