Satyrium carsonii Rolfe 1898 SUBGENUS Satyrium

Plant and Flowes in situ Tanzania

Photos by Robert von Blittersdorff and The East African Plants Photo Guide Website


Common Name Carson's Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Nigeria, Cameroon, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia in Brachystegia woodlands and open seasonally flooded grasslands at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid to ellipsoid tomentose tubers giving rise to an erect, enveloped by 4 sheaths and carrying 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, ovate, orbicular to reniform, fleshy, leaves that blooms in the late spring through summer on a terminal, erect, 1.6 to 6.4" [4 to 16 cm] long, fairly densely few to 20 flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant flowers .

Synonyms Satyrium leucanthum Schltr. 1915; Satyrium nigericum Hutch. 1921

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 drawing fide; Orchids of Kenya Stewart & Campbell 1996 photo fide;