Pterygodium vermiferum E.G.H.Oliv. & Liltved 2008 SECTION Ommatodium

Photo by Heiner Lutzeyer and The Fynbos Hub Website


Common Name The Worm-Like Pterygodium [refers to the extrodinary outgrowths of the rostellum]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm] wide

Found in southwestern Cape Province South Africa in sheltered locations on sandy western facing slopes at elevations of 50 to 385 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying 1 to 3, basal one largest, prostrate, lanceolate to ovate, acute, often dry at flowering, the upper ones narrower, attenuate leaves that blooms in the late winter and spring on a terminal, erect, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, 7 to 27 flowered inflorescence with deflexed, narrowly deltoid to lanceolate floral bracts and carries cupped flowers.


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