Satyrium schimperi Hochst. ex A.Rich. 1850 SECTION Chlorocorys Photo by JSTOR Plant Sciences Website

Part Sun Cold Summer

Common Name Schimper's Satyrium [German Naturalist and Plant collector in East Africa 1800's]

Flower Size .32" [8 mm]

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in upland often rocky grasslands at elevations around 2100 to 2800 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to fusiform-ovoid tubers giving rise to an erect, slender stem carrying 2 nearly opposite, short, sheathing, subacute leaves towards the base, with 5 to 7 overall, the middle 2 more or leess spreading, elliptical, to elliptical-lanceolate , acute, the upper 2 to 3, distant, lanceolate, adpressed to the stem leaves that blooms in the summer on a narrowly cylindrical, 2 to 7.2" [5 to 18 cm] long, rather closely 9 to many flowered inflorescence with reflexed, lanceolate, acute bracts.

Synonyms Satyrium parviflorum var. schimperi (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Schltr.1901

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968 as S schimperianum; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996;