Satyrium cristatum

Satyrium cristatum

  • Satyrium cristatum by Duncan McFarlane
  • Satyrium cristatum by Duncan McFarlane
  • Satyrium cristatum by Duncan McFarlane
  • Satyrium cristatum by Duncan McFarlane
  • Satyrium cristatum by Duncan McFarlane
  • Satyrium cristatum by Lourens Grobler
  • Satyrium cristatum by Lourens Grobler

Description

This species grows up to about 400mm and has 2 distinct basal leaves. Between 25 to 60 flowers emerge from the centre of the leaves. The flowers are white and are lined with blotched to brownish red. It has sometimes been confused with well marked colour forms of Sat longicauda. There are also 2 variants, being cristatum and longilabiatum, which can be separated due to the latter species having flowers that emerge as separate shoots alongside the leaves.

Distribution

Widespread in the northern provinces and from numerous colonies.

Habitat

Found in high altitude wet and rocky grassland or along the margins of vleis. It has also been known to adapt to road verges, similar to certain other Satyriums

Flowering Period

From December to April.

Refrences and Sources

Text and Photos by Duncan Mc Farlane
Proof-read and edited by Karsten Wodrich

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