AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium aberrans Summerh., Kew Bull. 20: 182 (1996).
Description:

Dwarf terrestrial herb 7–17 cm high; tubers to 2 cm long, ovoid, tomentose. Stem leafy. Leaves 3–5; the lowermost leaves sheathing; the next 2–3 leaves spreading, 2.5–6 × 1.5–3 cm, ovate or lanceolate; the uppermost 1–2 leaves bract-like. Inflorescence 2.5–4 × 1–1.5 cm, fairly densely several to many-flowered. Flowers pale greenish-white, the bracts tinged purple, the stem also purple-brown. Ovary 6–7 mm long, papillose; bracts to 12 × 6 mm, spreading. Sepals and petals spreading forwards, joined to each other in basal half or third and to lip in basal third or quarter. Median sepal 4.5–6 × 1.5–2 mm, oblong; lateral sepals similar but broader and oblique. Petals 4.5 × 1–1.5 mm, lanceolate. Lip c. 4 mm long, very convex with a wide mouth (2.5 mm across), apex acute. Spurs 3.5–6 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm diameter, straight, obtuse. Column 2.5–3 mm high; stigma transversely oblong, c. 1.5 mm wide; rostellum obscurely 3-lobed.
Habitat:

Montane, in rock crevices 1800–2100 m.
Distribution:

SW. Tanzania, Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mts.)