Satyrium sphaeranthum Schltr. 1915 SUBGENUS Chlorocorys


Collection sheet and photo by Jany Renz/ Drawing by Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part Shade Cool Cold Fall

Common Name The Spherical Flower Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in evergreen montane thickets at elevations of 1350 to 2500 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ellipsoid to fusiform-cylindrical, densely tomentose tubers giving rise t oan erect, slender to stout stem carrying 6 to 8, the lowest 1 to 2, sheathing, the middle 1 to 3, lanceolate to broadly ovate-elliptical, grading smaller above leaves that blooms in the fall on an erect, terminal, cylindrical, 1.6 to 16.4" [4.5 to 41 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with reflexed, lanceolate floral bracts and carrying canary yellow to bright golden yellow flowers. .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968 ; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 10 1993 postage stamp fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995