Satyrium hallackii Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 20: 476 (1884).
An erect glabrous stout herb, 25-60 cm. high; stem straight leafy; leaves erect-spreading ovate-lanceolate acute, sheathing at base, the upper decreasing in size, the lower 10-20 cm. long; spike oblong or cylindrical, densely many-flowered, 8-15 cm. long; bracts erect-spreading lanceolate acute, exceeding the flowers; lateral sepals spreading oblong obtuse, 0,8-1 cm long, the odd one a little narrower; petals as long as the sepals and connate with them for one-third or one-fourth of their length, lanceolate obtuse; lip erect galeate, the mouth suborbicular or wider than long, keeled on the back, the apex free and reflexed, the spurs pendent filiform, a little shorter than the ovary; rostellum short, the lateral lobes tooth-like acute, the intermediate porrect lanceolate acute; stigmatiferous lobe rounded at the apex; ovary 1 cm. long.
In moist and brackish soils near the shore at elevations of sealevel to 600 meters.
Malawi to S. Africa
Key to the subspecies of Satyrium hallackii
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012
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