AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium mirum Summerh., Kew Bull. 20: 170 (1966).
Description:

Terrestrial herb 40–50 cm high. Basal leaves 2, appressed to the ground, 5–9 × 5–7 cm, ovate or orbicular, apiculate, rather fleshy; stem with 8–10 sheathing, imbricate leaves c. 7–8 cm long. Inflorescence 5–9 × 6 cm, fairly laxly 3–7-flowered.Flowers white. Ovary and pedicel 17–24 mm long, slightly curved; bracts erect, 20–40 mm long, elliptic, acute. Sepals deflexed, joined in the basal quarter to the petals and lip, all obscurely toothed at apex. Median sepal 15.5–17.5 × 3.5–5 mm, oblong, rounded; lateral sepals similar but 5–6.5 mm wide. petals 16–17 × 6–8 mm, elliptic-lanceolate, lacerate on apical margin. Lip erect, orbicular, the apex recurved, fimbriate, in all 18–19 mm long, 14–16 mm wide when spread out. Spurs 11.5–14.5 cm long, pendent, slender, tapering from a base 2.5–3 mm wide. Column 10.5 mm high, straight; stipe c. 6 mm long; stigma 3 × 6 mm; rostellum mid-lobe 1.6 × 3 mm, side lobes much shorter.
Habitat:

Moorland grassland along ridge 1800–1880 m.
Distribution:

Zimbabwe (Chimanimani Mts.)

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