Pterygodium inversum [Thunb.] Sw. 1800 SECTION Anochilus

Photo courtesy of Dr Schelpe


Common Name The Reversed Pterygodium

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found only in eastern Cape Province, South Africa in well drained soils at elevations of 90 to 550 meters as a fairly robust, to medium sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial in sandy or clayey, wet soils in open, short scrublands with lanceolate leaves that blooms on a rather stout, somewhat flexuous, densely many flowered, to 18" [45 cm] long inflorescence arising in the spring in South Africa.

Synonyms Anochilus inversum (Thunb.) Rolfe 1913; *Ophrys inversa Thunb.1794;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; An Introduction to the South African Orchids Schelpe 1966; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 photo fide;