AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium aciculare van der Niet & P.J.Cribb, Kew Bull. 61: 264 (2006).
Description:

Terrestrial herb, 8 - 13 cm tall. Tubers obconical to ellipsoidal, 10 - 12 x 5 - 6 mm. Sterile shoots not apparent. Leaves 2 - 3, scattered along flowering stem, suberect-ascending, filiform-linear to linear-tapering, acute, 10 - 20 x 1 - 1.5 mm, with a tubular sheathing base 8- 15 mm long; basal sheath somewhat inflated, white with dark veins. Inflorescence 3 - 6-flowered; rhachis 15 - 20 mm long; bracts oblong-elliptic, subacute, 3.5 - 6 mm long. Flowers spreading, rose red, lip spotted with purple; pedicel and ovary 3 – 4 mm long. Sepals and petals fused for basal 1 mm. Dorsal sepal spatulate, shortly mucronate, free part 3 x 1 mm. Lateral sepals obliquely elliptic-spatulate, subacute, 3 x 1.5 mm. Petals spatulate, obtuse, 2.8 x 1 mm. Lip hooded, ovate-cucullate, acute, 5 - 6 x 3.5 – 4 mm; spurs shorter than the ovary, 2 mm long, slightly divergent from the ovary. Column 2.5 mm long; loculi saccate, pendent.
Habitat:

In high elevation moorland; 2100 m.
Distribution:

Angola

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Botanical Drawing / Herbarium
satyrium aciculare
Photograph copyright Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Herbarium Jany Renz Image used with kind permission.