Satyrium schlechteri is an orchid species identified by Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.) in 1912. Culture information and photos for this orchid are commonly detailed under the currently accepted name of Satyrium pygmaeum.
ORIGIN: Found in southwestern Cape Province South Africa on steep mountain slopes and ledges at elevations of 240 to 1980 meters.
DESCRIPTION: Mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, decumbent to erect stem carrying 1 to 3, the lowesst spreading near the ground, the upper partly erect, ovate, obtuse to subacute, transversely "V" shaped leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, to 8" [to 20 cm] long, moderately dense, many flowered inflorescence with deflexed at flowering, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying honey-coconut scented flowers.
The flattened, horizontal aspect of the flowers and the shorter floral bracts are the most consistent diagnostic trait and separates this species from the similar S retusum.
-- information provided by Jay Pfahl, author of the
Internet Orchid Species Encyclopedia (IOSPE).
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