Satyrium volkensii Schltr. 1897 SECTION Chlorocorys

Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe Photos by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

Common Name Volkens' Satyrium [German Botanist late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zanbia and Zimbabwe in higher elevation grasslands at elevations of 2200 to 2700 meters as a small to giant sized, cool growing terrestrial with globose to fusiform-cylindrical, tomentose tubers giving rise to a 3 to 4 leafed sterile stem with 1 to 2 short sheath-like, abtuse leves and the upper 1 to 3, lanceolate to oblong-elliptical, acute leaves and a fertile, erect, slender to stout, covered by leaf sheaths stem carrying lanceolate, acute leaf like sheaths and blooms in the spring on a narrowly cylindrical, 4 to 16.8" [10 to 42 cm] long, loosely to densely many flowered inflorescence with elongate, linea, acute, green tinged with red, recurved floral bracts and carrying fragrant, non-resupinate flowers

Synonyms Satyrium dizygoceras Summerh. 1932; Satyrium leptopetalum Kraenzl. 1905; Satyrium trachypetalum Kraenzl. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Orchids of East Africa Piers 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing hmm; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Kenya Stewart 1996