AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium amoenum var. amoenum
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Satyrium gracile Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 338 (1838).
Satyrium perrieri Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 33: 104 (1924), nom. illeg.
Descriptions:

Thin plants, 50-70 cm tall, tubers oblong or ovoid; stern bearing 2 developed leaves basally or slightly above and 4-5 sheaths above that, the inferiors longer and with an acuminate limbus, the superiors lanceolate. Leaves oblong-lingulate or lingulate basally (12-15 x 2.7-4.2 cm), acute or subacute. Inflorescence cylindrical (10-20 x 1.7 cm), densely many flowered; bracts reflexed, green, lanceolate-acuminate, the infer ors longer than the flowers; flowers small (6-7 mm), rose or more rarely white. Median sepal linear-obtuse, 6 mm long, shortly joined to the petals basally; laterals oblong-obtuse, nearly falcate, contracted basally, long as the median and more than twice as wide. Petals narrowly linear, oblanceolate, 1 veined and 5 mm long. Labellum oval (6.5 x 4 mm), joined in their lower third to the lateral sepals, hood shaped, undulate marginally, lobulate-triangular-subacute and slightly recurved apically; spur filiform, pendent, slightly dilate toward the oriface and 12 mm long. Column upright, slightly curved in front, 4mm. tall. Rostellum subsquare, tridentate apically, slightly shorter than the stigmas and forming a nearly square hp, excised in front. Pedicel generally 6 mm long.
Habitat:

In ericoid bushes, rocks, from l000-2000 m, alt.; flowering in March-April.
Distribution:

W. Indian Ocean