Pterygodium acutifolium Lindl. 1838 SECTION Pterygodium Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo by Cameron McMaster

Common Name The Acute-Leafed Pterygodium

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in SW & S Cape Province South Africa in swamps and in rock flushes at elevations of 50 to 1300 meters as a slender, medium to large sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with oblong to linear, acute leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, to 10" [to 25 cm] long, fairly lax, 1 to 6 flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; 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;