Satyrium flavum la Croix 1993 Drawing by Eleanor Catherine

Part shade Cold Spring

Common Name The Yellow Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in the Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe amongst crags in grasslands at elevations of 2000 to 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestria lwith 2 basal, adpressed to the ground, the larger orbicular the smaller ovate, above 4 to 6, bract-like, stem leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, 10 to 14 [25 to 35 cm] long overall, rachis 2.8 to 3.6 [7 to 9 cm] long, laxly 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute not reflexed bractss and carrying yellow flowers.

CAUTION Sometimes misidentified as S parviflorum but S flavum has leaves always adpressed to the ground and has slightly larger flowers that are always yellow and have longer spurs.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide