!Pterygodium alatum (Thunb.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Pterygodium Photos by Cameron McMaster

Plant in situ Photo by Hubert Kurzweil , and his South African Orchid Website


Common Name The Winged Pterygodium

Flower Size 3/4" [1.8 cm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province South Africa in short scrub at elevations of 30 to 900 meter as a slender, small szied, cool to cold growing terrestrial with numerous, elliptic leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on an erect, terminal, fairly dense, 4" [10 cm] long, 2 to many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms *Ophrys alata Thunb. 1794

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001