Satyrium pulchrum S.D.Johnson & Kurzweil, Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 127: 192 (1998).
Plant up to 400 mm tall, basal leaves fleshy, ovate-elliptic, up to 110 mm long, appressed flat onto the ground, cauline leaves conical and close to stem. Bracts deflexed at anthesis, 20–30 - 9–12 mm. Flower colour pink with a white patch on upper basal surface of petals and sepals. Scent weak, sweet, pronounced during the daytime. Sepals fused with petals for basal 1/3 of their length, narrow, apex rounded, 11–14´2–4 mm. Petals similar to sepals. Labellum galeate, angled forwards, aperture obovate, 9–10´5–8 mm, 7–10mm deep, ridged, apical flap 1–2mm in length, spurs 18–22mm long, emerging horizontally from base of galea, exceeding the ovary in length. Column 11–13mm long. Stigma about 2´3–4mm wide. Rostellum deeply bifid, acute with adjacent globose viscidia. Ovary 10–15mm long at anthesis.
The name refers to the attractive flowers.
Rock crevices and sandy pans on gneiss substrate. Flowering time. August–September.
W. Cape Prov.