Pterygodium magnum Rchb.f. 1867 SECTION Magnum

Flower Closeup Photos courtesy of Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flowers in situ Photo courtesy of Cameron McMaster

Partial sun Cold Summer

Common Name The Large Pterygodium

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Cape Province, Natal Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in marshy grasslands at elevations of 900 to 2200 meters as a giant sized, cold growing terrestrial orchid with numerous, cauline, oblong-lanceolate leaves grading into obvious floral bracts that blooms in the summer on an erect, terminal, densely many [45 to 100] flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Corycium magnum (Rchb.f.) Rolfe 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 5 257- 320 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1974 as Corycium magnum; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 as Corycium magnum photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photo