AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium stenopetalum subsp. brevicalcaratum (Bolus) A.V.Hall, Contr. Bolus Herb. 10: 61 (1982).
Homotypic Synonyms:

Satyrium stenopetalum var. brevicalcaratum Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 1: t. 72 (1896).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Satyrium parviflorum Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 336 (1838), nom. illeg.
Satyrium marginatum Bolus, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 20: 476 (1884).
Description:
Differs from ssp. stenopetalum in having the spurs shorter to about as long as the ovary, 9-14 mm long, and the flowers somewhat smaller with the lateral sepals 5-10 mm long.
Notes:
Colour of the side sepals light pink, sometimes nearly white, rest of the flower white with faint green lines.
Habitat:
Flowering of Satyrium stenopetalum ssp. brevicalcaratum takes place in the early summer months from September to December. It is usually found as a rather rare plant on moist flats and rock flushes at low to medium altitudes up to 900 m.
Distribution:
Its distribution lies in scattered places in the South-Western Cape, from Clanwilliam southwards to near Cape Town and east to near Caledon and Bredasdorp.

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