Short-Spur Nepal Satyrium
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Short-Spur Nepal Satyrium
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Short-Spur Nepal Satyrium
Botanical name: Satyrium nepalense var. ciliatum    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Satyrium ciliatum, Satyrium aceras, Satyrium mairei

Short-Spur Nepal Satyrium is usually a slender, 12-35 cm tall terrestrial orchid. Stem slender, 1- or 2-leaved. Leaves basal, lanceshaped-oblong to narrowly ovate, 4-15 x 2-5 cm, tip tapering to pointed. Flower-cluster-stalk 6-17 cm; axis 4-13 cm; floral bracts to 2 cm. Flowers are usually hermaphroditic or rarely with stamen abortive or absent. Dorsal sepal is 5-6 x about 1.3 mm; lateral sepals oblong-spoon-shaped, 5-6 x about 1.5 mm. Petals are narrowly oblong-inverted-lanceshaped, 4-5 x about 1.2 mm, margin often fringed with hairs; spurs conic, 3-6 mm, shorter than ovary, stout, rarely saclike or absent altogether (in spurless or shortly spurred flowers, male organs reduced to varying degrees; in extreme cases column entirely pistillate and lip absent). Short-Spur Nepal Satyriumis found in East Himalaya, from Nepal to Bhutan and NE India, at altitudes of 1200-4000 m. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Satyrium mairei Photographed in Singchung, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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