AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium flavum la Croix, Kew Bull. 48: 364 (1993).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 20-35 cm tall; roots not seen. Stem with 2 basal leaves appressed to ground and 4-6 bract-like, sheathing leaves. Basal leaves 3 -5-7 x 2-5 cm, the larger ? orbicular, the smaller ovate; stem leaves 2-4 cm long. Inflorescence 7-9 x 1 5-2 cm, laxly 5- to 10-flowered; bracts up to 15 x 9 mm long at base of inflorescence, ovate, acute, not reflexed but not tightly enclosing the ovary. Flowers yellow. Ovary 8-10 mm long. Sepals and petals projecting then curved under, joined to each other and lip for about half their length. Median sepal 6 x 0 -6 mm (free part 3 mm long), oblong-lanceolate, rounded at apex; lateral sepals similar but about twice as wide and oblique. Petals like median sepal. Lip 6-8 mm long, of similar width when flattened, very convex, some- what overhanging the narrow mouth, apex reflexed; spurs 14-18 mm long, slender, arched. Column erect, 4 mm high with stalk 2 mm long; rostellum ? spade-shaped.
Habitat:

Amongst crags in grassland; 2000-2700 m.
Distribution:

Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mts.).

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