Satyrium sceptrum Schltr. 1915 SECTION Leptocentrum

Inflorescence Photos by Phillip Cribb and JSTOR Plant Science Website

Part Sun Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Sword-Like Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in upland grasslands and open bushlands at elevations of 1500 to 2700 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to conical-fusiform to fusiform, glabrous tubers giving rise to an erect, sterile stem carrying 2 to 5, upper 1 to 2, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, to lanceolate-elliptical, acute to shortly acuminate leaves and a fertile, erect, terete, leafy throughout, 7 to 11, adpressed to the stem, lanceolate, acute, grading smaller towards the apex leaves that blooms in the fall on a cylindrical, 3.2 to 12.8" [8 to 32 cm] long, very densely many flowered inflorescence with erect, soon reflexed, lanceoalte, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Satyrium acutirostrum Summerh.1931

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 photo fide; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968 as S acutirostrum; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as S acutirostrum drawing/photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 76 #3 2012 photo fide;