AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Satyrium aethiopicum Summerh., Kew Bull. 13: 257 (1958).
Homotypic Names:
Satyrium bifolium A.Rich., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2, 14: 273 (1840), nom. illeg.
Description:
Terrestrial with an erect stem enveloped by sheaths and carrying 2, basal, adpressed to the ground, very broadly ovate to orbicular to heart shaped leaves that blooms in the late spring through earlier fall on a terminal, erect, 6 to 13 cm long, broadly cylindrical, rather densely 3 to 15 flowered inflorescence with obovate floral bracts.
Habitat:
Combretum-Terminalia woodand bushland, bushed meadows, and Oxytenanthera abyssinica thickets; Altitude: 1450–1600 m.
Flowering time:
July–August
Distribution:
Ethiopia
References:
Field Guide to Ethiopian Orchids Dimissew, Cribb & Rasmussen 2004; THE ORCHID FLORA OF BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ (WESTERN ETHIOPIA): AN ECOLOGICAL AND PHENOLOGICAL STUDY, Selbyana 28(2): 123–136. 2007.