Satyrium longicauda Lindl. 1838 SECTION Leptocentrum type for this section

Plant and Flowers in situ Zimbabwe Photo by Bart Wursten , and his Flora Of Zimbabwe WebSite

White Flower Form Photo by Cameron McMaster


Common Name The Long-Tailed Satyrium - Long-Tailed-Trewwa - Langstert-Trewwa

Flower Size .85" [2.2 cm]

Found in Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe , Lesotho, Swaziland and Cape, Natal, Orange free State and Transvaal South Africa in open grasslands and on rocky slopes at elevations of 1200 to 2100 meters as a medium sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with 2, thick, ovate, acute, basal leaves on a separate shoot from the small bract-like leafy flowering stem that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, loosely several to many flowered inflorescence with elongate, narrow, acute, recurved floral bracts carrying non-resupinate, sweetly scented flowers.

Seems right in all respects other than the long spur and tails that are not visible in these plants but are in the drawings and most of the photos other than Linder in 1982.

Synonyms Satyrium jacottetianum Kraenzl. 1915; Satyrium longicauda var. jacottetianum (Kraenzl.) A.V.Hall 1982; Satyrium platystigma Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Tropical East Africa Part 1 Summerhayes 1968; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Part 1 Pope 1995; AOS Bulletin Vol 66 No 8 1997 photo; African Orchids in the Wild and Cultivation LaCroix 1997; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008; Terrestrial African Orchids, A select Review John S. Ball 2009 drawing fide