Satyrium breve Rolfe 1898 SUBGENUS Leucocomos

Photo by Bart Wursten and The Mozambique Flora Website

Common Name The Short Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in marshy grasslands at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to fusiform, woolly tubers giving rise to a sterile stem carrying 4, the lower 1 to 2, sheath-like, the upper, lanceolate, acute leaves, the fertile stem carrying 5 to 8, the largest in the middle, more or less erect, lanceolate leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a terminal, erect, 1 to 5.6" [2.5 to 14 cm] long, densely few to many flowered inflorescence .

Synonyms Satyrium breve var. minor Summerh. 1937

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Orchidaceae Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; The Orchids of South Central Africa Williamson 1977 drawing/photo fide; Flore D'Afrique Centrale [Zaire- Rwands - Burundi] Orhidaceae Premeir parte Geerink 1984; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Field Guide to the Ethiopian Orchids Demissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004 photo fide;