Satyrium amblyosaccos Schltr. 1915 SUBGENUS Leucocomos

Plant and Flowers in situ Zambia

Photos by Peter Linder and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Blunt Sack Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Zaire, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in montane, wet to dry grasslands, marshes and brachystegia woodlands at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters as a small to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to fusiform tubers giving rise to a sterile shoot with 3 to 4, lower 2 to 3 sheathlike, the upper ones lanceolate, acute leaves and the fertile stem carries 5 to 9, the largest is middlemost and erect, lanceolate, lowermost loosely basal, sheathing leaves that blooms in the late spring and summer on a terminal, erect,2 to 8" [5 to 20 cm] long, fairly densely many flowered inflorescence .

Synonyms Satyrium papillosum Schltr. 1916

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