Satyrium stenopetalum Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 336 (1838).
A glabrous erect herb, 30-45 cm high; stem straight somewhat stout, laxly leafy; leaves ascending lanceolate acute subcoriaceous margined, the 2 or 3 lower more spreading, 5-7 cm. long, the upper smaller loosely sheathing at base and passing into bracts; spike long cylindrical loosely many-fl., bracts erect shorter than the flowers; sepals and petals linear-oblong subobtuse ascending and then spreading, about 1 cm. long; lip galeate narrow ovoid, free apex remarkably long in the genus, spurs filiform 2½ times longer than the ovary; rostellum oblong narrowed towards the apex; stigmatiferous lobe oblong, longer than the rostellum connective of the anther free from the column; ovary 5-ribbed, dorsally compressed, the back convex and without rib.
Colour of the flowers white.
In open stony marshy or dry places on coastal forelands at elevations of 50 to 700 meters.
Flowering is in spring, from October to December.
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
Key to the subspecies of Satyrium stenopetalum
The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982
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