Pachites appressus Lindl. 1835 Photo by Kurzwell

Drawing Drawing by Lindley

Common Name The Pushed Close Pachites [refers to the flowers being pressed against the inflorescence]

Flower Size .4 to .56" [1 to 1.4 cm]

Found in south southwestern Cape Province South Africa on mountain slopes in fynbos at elevations of 450 to 1000 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with 5 to 12, conduplicate, linear, acute leaves that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, 15 to 25 flowered inflorescence with floral bracts that are half the length of the ovary.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974; Wild Orchid Of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schlepe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide;