Nepal Satyrium;

Wild flower.Sikkim-2:
got this one at an altitude of 10,000 feet on the way to Tsnagmo lake. at Kyangnosla WLS….


amit uid 2 1392011:
Sending photos of some Orchid probably Dactylorhiza from Tunghnath (3600 mts) found in alpine meadows. Details as in the photos. Please help in identification.

Satyrium nepalense of Orchidaceae family. This grows in the grass lands of higher reaches (above 1500m MSL)

Satyrium nepalense from Deovan Road Chakrata

Yes sir, We have it in Kalatope too during the months of July-August..

Yes sir you are absolutely right 🙂
This is Satyrium nepalense. Very peculiar. If you see, it has two spurs.

There is another species Satyrium nepalense var. ciliatum. It is found in Mussorie and Chakrata but very rare. It has very short spur and flowers are more whitish.



VOF Week: Orchid for Id from a sloping meadow: This orchid was shot from a sloping meadow near Bhayunder village, hope to get identification, though the flowers are not yet open…..

It is Satyrium nepalense



VoF Week: Satyrium nepalense from the way to Ghangriya:
Satyrium nepalense from the way to Ghangriya
Pls Validate

Yes this is Satyrium nepalense for sure. I am sure you have noticed, this is one of the few species in orchids which have TWO SPURS.


Please help me to identify this orchid found on grasslands of high altitude. Is this a Calanthe sp.?
Leaf: up to 12cm long
Plant height: up to 25cm long
Flower: 2.5cm long
Date: 20 Oct 2012
Place: Western Catchement, Mukruti NP, Nilgiris
Alt.: c 2400 m asl

This is Satyrium nepalense

Yes its Satyrium nepalense var. nepalense



Gori Valley Tour: Orchid 2 for sharing..: 12 images.
This very common terrestrial orchid was shot from various locations in the area.. Satyrium nepalensis … one of the few orchids which I have learnt to identify…. hope I am right..

100% right sir 🙂


Satyrium nepalenes : Attachments (1). 6 posts by 5 authors.
Chakrtata, Uttarakhand Western Himalayas, India
Aug., 2013

A beautiful orchid in bloom throughout Uttarakhand between 1800-3200m nowadays. It is medicinal too.

Satyrium nepalense


Orchidaceae Fortnight: Satyrium nepalense from Uttarakhand BS-6 : Attachments (4). 5 posts by 3 authors.
Satyrium nepalense from Uttarakhand
Shot from different places in UK
I think most common Orchid we found

Your Welcome … Our Next tour to Uttarakhand will be in March end 2014. You are welcome to join.


ORCHIDACEAE FORTNIGHT:: Satyrium nepalense from Chakrata- NS 12 : Attachments (5). 6 posts by 5 authors.
This terrestrial orchid is very common in Chakrata, Uttrakhand and was shot during our recent visit to the place.. was also recorded from Gori valley area also.. the shared pics are from Chakrata only..

Wonderful shots of a most common orchid there

Yes stunning Satyrium nepalense. Another brother of this, Satyrium cilliatum is a bit rare but found in western Himalaya if you all can try. Spur is shorted.
Please check one unique feature of this, flowers have two spurs.

Thanks … for appreciating and additional information, if we are lucky enough we will be able to find Satyrium ciliatum..



ORCHIDACEAE Fortnight: Satyrium nepalense from Uttarakhand_DSR_26 : 3 images. 4 posts by 4 authors.
Satyrium nepalense is a common temperate ground orchid in Uttarakhand.
It is much exploited for medicinal tuberous roots.

Yes beautiful pic of Satyrium nepalense



Orchidaceae Fortnight: Satyrium nepalense from Chakrata GS-26 : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Satyrium nepalense photographed from Chakrata Deovan Road in Uttarakhand.

Yes nice pics of Satyrium nepalense

Orchidaceae Fortnight:: Satyrium nepalense | Chakrata : Attachments (1).  5 posts by 4 authors.

Chakrata, Uttarakhand
Aug., 2013

Yes the two spurred Satyrium.

Thanks everyone for feedback. …, I still wonder how we managed to climb up on the hill to click this orchid.. we were almost 100 feet above the road, on steep hill slope and everyone passing through the road was looking at us 🙂

ORCHIDACEAE Juss. Fortnight: 221013-1 Orchid for id from Herbal Nursery Chakrata BS85 : Attachments (7). 3 posts by 2 authors.
Kindly id  this Orchid from Herbal Nursery Chakrata
On sign Board it appears to be written as Habenaria edgeworthi

Satyrium nepalense. Thanks for sharing.
Do they cultivate?

Yes …, They cultivate all ashtakvarg plants there in Deovan Nursery

TSPSEP2015-5: Images of Satyrium nepalense shared. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
It’s my pleasure to share a few images of this terrestrial orchid, Satyrium nepalense.
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Terrestrial, Growing on grassy slopes of montane forest.
Sighting: Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1700 msl
Date: 28-8-2015 and 1-09-2015

Nice pics …

Satyrium nepalense D.Don SN Oct 11 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Satyrium nepalense D.Don is a terrestrial orchid from Bababudan hills of Karnataka

Interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing.


It is my pleasure to share few images of Satyrium nepalense (Orchidaceae)
Habit: Terrestrial herb
Habitat: Montane forest amidst grass.
Sighting: Kuduremukha and Mullaianagiri, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1500 msl and 1800 msl respectively.
Date:03-10-2014, 1-09-2015, 8-09-2015 and 15-09-2015

terrestrial orchids is the reason trekkers must look where they put their foot down, lest they trample and kill these in infancy. beautiful pictures


Fwd: ID SK3 210915 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (7)
Please verify the ID Pristylus affinis or P. lawii?

Can this be Satyrium nepalensis instead ?

Yes ! It is S. nepalensis

Satyrium nepalense D.Don (accepted name)

Yes this is Satyrium nepalense, a beautiful whitish flower form.

Satyrium nepalense? ABAUG01/01 : 5 posts by 4 authors. 6 images.
I found this orchid first at about 2200m and then saw dozens of them farther up till about 2700m. On my last walk to Triund on 9th July it was Habeneria intermedius and on this one yesterday it was the pink orchid. Is it Satyrium nepalense? Please advise.
Satyrium nepalense—Nepal Satyrium?
On Mcleodganj-Triund trek, HP
2500m approx.
31 July 2016

Yes. Satyrium nepalense…. Very nice images.


Beautiful pictures. One of the very few genus in India with two spur on flower.

Kailash-Manasarovar Yatra:: Wild Flower for ID NSJ-OCT 16/07 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
A wild flower for ID. Photo taken Near Sirkha camp, altitude 8500 feet. Aug 13, 2016. Only one photo is available.

Satyrium nepalense (Orchidaceae) to me.

Yes, Satyrium nepalense

Images by tspkumar



TSP-OCT2016-07-444-Images of Satyrium nepalense (Orchidaceae) : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)

Presenting few images of Satyrium nepalense (Orchidaceae 


Habitat:Wild,terrestrial,amidst grass,montane forest 

Sighting:Near Chikmagalur,Karnataka,about 1700 msl 

Date:15-09-2016 and 18-10-2016

Beautiful pics, Thanks for sharing great association of fauna and flora.

Kemmangundi Road Karnataka
Date: 13 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1021 – 1369 m (3349 – 4491 ft) asl
Satyrium nepalense D.Don … (family: Orchidaceae)

Oh! Beautiful!


Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)

Location:  Deurali, Dolkha, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 7700 ft.
Nepali Names : गाम्डोल Gaamdol / थाम्नी Thaamni

Very nice and pretty Satyrium nepalense. One of the very few orchids which have two spurs.

Satyrium nepalense at Munnar-PKA16 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

This Orchid was spotted at Eravikulam National park, Munnar,.
Bot. name: Satyrium nepalense  (I hope the ID is correct)
Family: Orchidaceae.

Very beautiful Satyrium nepalense.
Yes this species jumps from Himalaya to Western Ghats. Found no where in between.


Satyrium nepalense : 13 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (4)
Satyrium nepalense
Eravikulam WLS, near Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris. First week of October 2018

so interesting to see how a species from Himalaya has crossed over to western ghats without any geographic connection.

thanks … it is rather interesting to see that but many species, seem to have done that

Of course there are few species that are very widespread and comes from himalaya down to plains and then to western ghats, but they are not really a himalayan element. Satyrium is certainly an Himalayan element.

wow .thanks for this information. i guess i had avian species in my mind.

what an interestin pic the second one esp. reminds me of some old pics from american schools/books: rocks, fence, flowers, grasses — and interesting conversation between you and …

Like your comment …! Nice images. Still blooming in Nepal. I shot some images today at Nagarkot. I shall post in a few days time.

Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 14 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)- around 300 kb each.
Location:  Shivapuri National Park,Nepal 
Date: 25 August 2018
Elevation:6500 ft.
Habit : Wild

One of the very few orchids that have two spurs in one flower.

reminds me of guppies with moth open. beautiful pictures

Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Date: 6 September, 2018
Elevation:6800 ft.
Habit : Wild
Once more from different location !
Attachments (7) – around 450 kb each.

Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3) – around 650 kb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 27 October 2018
Elevation: 7000 ft.
Habit : Wild
Still blooming!

Which orchid : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Shot in Pithoragarh

This is Satyrium nepalens

Satyrium nepalense

Satyrium nepalense. Check the spur, if longer or upto 1cm then var. nepalense, if much shorter, then var. cilliatum.
var. cilliatum is known from Mussorie till now and people have not seen it recently.
I didn’t know … was in our group. Nice to see you here my friend. Enrich us with your knowledge 🙂


wildflowers of Tawang – indiantreepix | Google Groups :  Tawang, ArunachalOct’09?;

Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 1100 kb each.
Location: Champadevi, Kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 2105m.
Date: 02 September 2019
Habit : Wild

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

Never had luck to find Satyrium ciliatum Lindl 😟!


Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 11 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2) – 2 & 4 mb.
Location: Sundarijal, Kathmandu
Date: 30 September  2019
Elevation: 2189 m.
Habit : Wild 

Attachments (2) – 2 & 3 mb.

Attachments (1)- 3 mb.

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.

Yes, Satyrium nepalense.
Thanks for sharing. Again 30th September is a bit late for me.

Thank you … By the way I had shot last year in October also !
Satyrium nepalense D.Don
FoI says Jul-Dec!


Satyrium nepalense D.Don : 10 posts by 3 authors. 6 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Nagarkot,  Kathmandu
Date: 12 September 2020
Elevation: 2041 m.
Habit : Wild 

Yes I think it is Satyrium nepalense.


Plant Id Nirvishi : 1 image.
This plant is called Nirvishi in Uttarakhand, Gangotri Uttarkashi area. Can anyone id this

Satyrium nepalense !

Satyrium nepalense

SK830 27 OCT-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location:  Deurali, Dolkha, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 7700 ft.
Really it would be difficult for ID as no inflorescence yet but wanted to give it a try !

This should either be a Habenaria or Platanthera. Cant confirm with these pics.

OK this is interesting. I would say this is Satyrium nepalense. Keep guessing how!!

Interesting, one of the few orchids I have photographed in flowering, from Chakrata and Chikmagalur.

If you notice, there are two spurs coming out of the bud. So it has to be only one genus from Western Himalaya and that is Satyrium and nepalense because the spur is too long.


Satyrium nepalense from Chikkmagaluru, Kannataka-GS25032021-3: 2 images.
Satyrium nepalense D. Don
Photographed along Mullayamgiri Road, Chikkmagaluru, Karnataka, 26-9-2015.

Lovely, a himalayan species that jumped to western Ghats!!


Satyrium nepalense D.Don: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, Nepal
Altitude:  2626m.
Date: 18 August 2021
Habit : Wild 

Very nice Satyrium nepalense var. nepalense.

Nepali Names : गामडोल Gamdol / थाम्नी Thaamnee


Satyrium nepalense D. Don: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Jumla, West Nepal
Date: 25 August 2021
Altitude: 2500 m.
Habit : Wild

Is ID OK … ? or var. nepalense ?

Satyrium nepalense D. Don means S.nepalense var. nepalese only.

Yes sir the ID is 100% correct.

Proper way to say Satyrium nepalense D. Don ??