AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium ecalcaratum Schltr. in R.E.Fries, Wiss. Erg. Schwed. Rhod.-Kongo Exped. 1: 242 (1916).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 10–35 cm high; tubers to 16 mm long, ellipsoid or fusiform, tomentose. Stem leafy; leaves 4–6, the lowermost sheath-like, the next 2 borne near the stem base, spreading, up to 6.5 × 3 cm, ovate, acute; the upper leaves smaller and bract-like. Inflorescence 2–6 × 1.5–2.5 cm, pyramidal, densely c. 15-flowered.Flowers deep pink. Ovary 5–7 mm long; bracts erect, c. 15 mm long. Sepals and petals projecting, joined to each other and lip for 1–1.5 mm at base. Median sepal 4–5 × 1.6–1.8 mm, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse; lateral sepals slightly longer and wider, oblique. Petals c. 4 × 1.5 mm, lanceolate. Lip 4–5 mm long, c. 5.5 mm wide when spread out, wide-mouthed; spurs absent. Column 2–3 mm long, curved; stigma c. 1 mm high and wide; rostellum obscurely 3-lobed.
Habitat:

Under rocks in humus c. 2500 m.
Distribution:

Uganda to Malawi

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