Satyrium aethiopicum Summerh. 1958

Drawing by A Richard and The Plant Illustration Website


Common NameThe Ethiopian Satyrium

Flower Size .12" [3mm]

Found in Ethiopia on steep slopes of open hill sides with low shrubs at elevations of 1600 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by sheaths and carrying 2, basal, adpressed to the ground, very broadly ovate to orbicular to heart shaped leaves that blooms in the late spring through earlier fall on a terminal, erect, 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long, broadly cylindrical, rather densely 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with obovate floral bracts.

Synonyms Satyrium bifolium A.Rich. 1840

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Dimissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004