AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium stenopetalum Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 336 (1838).
Description:
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.
Notes:
Colour of the flowers white.
Habitat:
In open stony marshy or dry places on coastal forelands at elevations of 50 to 700 meters.
Phenology:
Flowering is in spring, from October to December.
Distribution:
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
Key to the subspecies of Satyrium stenopetalum
References:
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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Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.