AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium confusum Summerh., Kew Bull. 20: 176 (1966).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 55–80 cm high; tubers 2–5 × 1–2 cm, ovoid or ellipsoid, tomentose. Sterile shoot 3–5-leaved; lowermost 1–2 leaves sheathing; upper leaves up to 20 × 3 cm, lanceolate or oblanceolate. Flowering shoot with 6–12 sheathing leaves up to 12 cm long. Inflorescence 10–24 × 1.5–2 cm, densely many-flowered. Flowers red, pink-red or reddish-yellow. Ovary and pedicel curved, 6–8 mm long; bracts up to 25 mm long at base of inflorescence, reflexed. Sepals and petals deflexed, joined to each other and lip in basal third. Median sepal 5–6 × 1 mm, oblong, rounded; lateral sepals similar but 2 mm wide and oblique. Petals similar to median sepal, the edges ciliolate. Lip 4.5–6 mm long, 7–8 mm wide when spread out, ellipsoid, forming hood, the apex slightly reflexed, thick-textured with a narrow mouth. Spurs 6–8 mm long, parallel to ovary. Column 4 mm long; stigma 1.5 × 2 mm; rostellum mid-lobe spoon-shaped from a narrow base, much longer than side lobes.
Habitat:

Open grassland, seasonal dambo up to 2100 m.
Distribution:

SW. Tanzania to Malawi

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