Satyrium rhynchanthoides Schltr. 1915 SUBGENUS Leptocentrum

Photo by Philipp Cribb and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Rhynchanthum-Like Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in submontane grasslands usually on rock outcrops at elevations of 1700 to 2200 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with globose to ellipsoid, woolly tubers giving rise to an erect leafy stem carrying 4 to 6, lowermost 1 to 2 sheath-like, the next 2 to 4, near the base but not adpressed to the ground, lanceolate, spreading, light green, the uppermost bract-like leaves that blooms in the earlier summer on an erect, terminal, to 3.2" [8 cm] long, laxly 2 to 25 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Epiphytic Orchids of Malawi Morris 1970 drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995