Corycium carnosum (Lindl.) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5: 111 (1913).
Pterygodium carnosum Lindl., Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl.: 367 (1839).
Pterygodium patersoniae Schltr., Ann. Transvaal Mus. 10: 250 (1924).
An erect glabrous herb, black when dried, 15-35 cm. high; stem slender, straight or subflexuous, leafy; leaves erect, lanceolate or linear, acuminate, 5-15 cm. long ; spike oblong or cylindrical, densely many-flowered, the flowers erect; bracts herbaceous, ovate or lanceolate, acute or acuminate, exceeding the ovary; lateral sepals ascending, obliquely ovate-oblong, subacute or acuminate, 0,6 cm. long; odd sepal erect lanceolate subacute, as long as the lateral ones; petals erect, strongly concave, semi-orbicular, shortly acuminate, as long as the odd sepal, the mouth of the galea 0,6-0,7 cm. wide; limb of the lip spreading convex unguiculate, the blade transversely semi-elliptical, very obtuse or emarginate at the apex, the appendix galeate, obtusely rostrate; stigmas two distant tuberculate; column furnished at the base at the back with thick hyaline hairs. The petals are a light or dark purplish colour, the limb of the lip nearly white.
In fynbos from near sea level to 1500 meters often in seepage areas.
Flowering in the spring and early summer.
SW. & S. Cape Prov.
Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012
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