Satyrium princeps – Vulnerable

Helena (Nanna) Joubert
Mixed media on wood
705 mm X 600 mm

Satyrium princeps, a terrestrial orchid, is Redlisted as ‘Vulnerable’ and occurs naturally in the coastal sands from Wilderness to Port Alfred with its habitat under severe pressure by development. There is a stand that grows along the Lagoon road leading into Knysna, the show of red flowers in late spring has always impressed me with their princely (‘princeps’) stance, giving me so much pleasure whilst I fear and fret that they will be decapitated by the mowers of the verges. Roadsides are often rich in species and the only place that natural vegetation remains in farming and developed areas, it would be ideal if these can be managed as ‘reserves’.