Satyrium amoenum (Thouars) A.Rich. 1828

Side View of Flower

Plant in situ Reunion

Pink Flowered variety Photos by © François Vandeschricke and The Orchidees de Reunion Website


Common Name The Beautiful Satyrium

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Comoros, Reunion and Madagascar in montane ericaceous scrub at elevations of 1200 to 2450 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cold growing terrestrial with ovoid-oblong tubers giving rise to a stem enveloped basally by 1 to 2 non-foliaceous sheaths and then 1 to 3 leaf-bearing sheaths carrying flat, oval-acute leaves that blooms in the spring and early summer on a terminal, densely many flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that are green, recurved and cover part of the non-resupinate flower.

Synonyms *Diplectrum amoenum Thouars 1822; Satyrium amoenum var. tsaratananae H.Perrier 1939; Satyrium amoenum var. tsaratananae H.Perrier ex Hermans 2007; Satyrium gracile Lindl. 1838; Satyrium perrieri Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Historie Particulier des Plantes Orchidees Recueilles Sur Trois Iles Australes d'Afrique Thouars 1822 as Diplectrum amoenum drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora of Madagascar Perrier 1939/81 drawing; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans 2007 photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Cribb & Herman 2009 photo fide