Satyrium parviflorum Sw. 1800

Inflorescence in situ South Africa

Plant in situ South Africa Photos by Cameron McMasters

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Common Name The Small Flowered Satyrium

Flower Size

Found in Lesotho, Swaziland and Cape, Natal, Orange free State and Transvaal South Africa in open high altitude grasslands and in shady forests at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a medium sized, cool growing terrestrial with 2 to 4, 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 [20 to 100] flowered inflorescence carrying non-resupinate, sweet-spicy scented flowers.

Synonyms Diplectrum parviflorum (Sw.) Pers. 1807; Satyrium aphyllum Schltr. 1897; Satyrium cassideum Lindl. 1838; Satyrium densiflorum Lindl. 1838; Satyrium eriostomum Lindl. 1838; Satyrium lydenburgense Rchb.f. 1881; Satyrium tenuifolium Kraenzl. 1898; Satyrium wilmsianum Kraenzl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 505 (1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008;

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