Satyrium trinerve Lindl. 1838 SUBGENUS Trinervia

Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe

Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Another Flower

Photo by Olaf Pronk and Laurette E.U.R.L. orchids of Madagascar


Common Name The Three Nerved Satyrium [refers to the three lobes to the lip apex]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, E cape Province, Transkei, Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland, Transvaal states of South Africa, Comoros and Madagascar in marshes and humid forests at elevations of 1200 to 2250 meters as a small to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with elongated, woolly tubers giving rise to an erect stem carrying radical, narrowly elliptic, acute leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and earlier fall on a 2 to 10" [5 to 25 cm] long, pubescent inflorescence with linear, elongate, acute, green, recurved floral bracts and carrying many [130], small, non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Satyrium atherstonei Rchb. f. 1881; Satyrium leucocomos Rchb.f. 1865; Satyrium longibracteatum Rolfe 1889; Satyrium mechowianum Kraenzl. 1893; Satyrium monopetalum Kraenzl. 1898; Satyrium nuttii Rolfe 1898; Satyrium occultum Rolfe 1898; Satyrium proschii Briq. 1903; Satyrium schinzii T.Durand & Kraenzl. 1899; Satyrium triphyllum Kraenzl. 1898; Satyrium zombense Rolfe 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/1981; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S atherstonei; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968 as S atherstonei drawing fide; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as S atherstonei drawing/photo ok; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 as S leucocomus drawing ok; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 62 No 3 1993 photo not = S cristatum?; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #3 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #6 2015 photo fide; Les Orchidees de Madagascar Bosser & Lecoufle 2015 photo fide; A la Recherche des Orchidees de Madagascar Hervouet 2018 photo fide;