Pterygodium pentherianum Schltr.
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 432 (1897) 

Notes: Distribution: WSW. Cape Prov.

General Description

Slender, tuberous geophyte, up to 200 mm tall. Leaves cauline, ovate- lanceolate. Flowers few in a lax raceme, 25 × 15 mm, pale green, lip with 2 broad lobes, appendage erect and rather stout.

plant 4–6 in. high; stem somewhat flexuous, slender; leaves 3–4, suberect or somewhat spreading, lanceolate-oblong, sheathing at the base, the lower 2 1/4 in. long, 3/4 in. broad, upper much smaller and narrower; scapes 4–6 in. high, 2–4-flowered; bracts lanceolate, acute, as long as the pedicels; flowers medium-sized, sulphur-yellow; dorsal sepal oblong-lanceolate, acute, concave, 4–4 1/2 lin. long; lateral sepals spreading, obliquely ovate-lanceolate, acute, very concave, 4–4 1/2 lin. long; petals cohering with the dorsal sepal into a somewhat expanded limb, obliquely and broadly obovate, obtuse, concave, 4–4 1/2 lin. long, rather broader than long; lip deflexed, bilobed, 2 1/2 lin. long, with oblong or subquadrate minutely denticulate lobes; appendage erect, fleshy, nearly oblong, conspicuously tridentate at the apex, 2–2 1/2 lin. long.


Clay flats in renosterbos.


Matsikammaberg and Klein Roggeveld to Clanwilliam, eastern Cederberg Mountains and Cold Bokkeveld.

South Africa Piquetberg Div.; Berg River hills, near Piquetberg, 2000 ft., {i}Schlechter{/i}, 3278.


in Engl. Jahrb. xxiv. 432;—Schlechter in Bull. Herb. Boiss. 1 re sér. vi. 811; Kränzl. Orch. Gen. et Sp. i. 858.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Southern Africa Cape Provinces


  • 1 Liltved, W.R. & Johnson, S.D. (2012). The Cape orchids. A regional monograph of the orchids of the Cape floristic region 1: 1-483. Sandstone editions, Cape Town.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 3 (By R. A. Rolfe.) (1913) Orchideæ. Flora Capensis 5 (3)

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Strelitzia 30
Strelitzia 30: Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region volume 2: The Extra Cape Flora. Edited by D.A. Snijman (2013)
Flora Capensis
Flora Capensis. Published on the Internet;
WCS higher taxonomy
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