Pterygodium volucris (L.f.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Ommatodium Photo by Hubert Kurzweil , and his South African Orchid Website

Plant in situ South Africa Photos by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website

Common Name The Snail-Like Pterygodium

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province, South Africa in sandy soils at elevations of sea-level to 900 meters as a slender, medium sized, cool to cold growing terretrial with 2 ovate-oblong leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, terminal, lax to dense, many flowered inflorescence and carrying unpleasantly scented flowers

Synonyms Ommatodium volucris (L.f.) Lindl. 1838; Ophrys triphylla Thunb.1794; *Ophrys volucris L.f. 1782

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Ommatodium volucris; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo;