Pterygodium cleistogamum (Bolus) Schltr. 1898 SECTION Pterygodium

Photo by Nicky and The I Spot Southern Africa Website


Common Name The Self Pollinating Pterygodium - in South Africa The Blind Orchid

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] wide

Found in Cape Province South Africa on the sandy coastal plains at elevations of sealevel to 340 meters as a just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying 2 to 4, cauline, elliptic-oblong, acute to subobtuse leaves that blooms in the later spring on a terminal, erect, to 2.8" [7 cm] long, 1 to 9 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate, acute floral bracts and carries close flowers that smell of coumarin.

Synonyms *Pterygodium newdigatae var. cleistogamum Bolus 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photos fide;