AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Corycium bifidum Sond., Linnaea 19: 111 (1846).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Pterygodium bifidum (Sond.) Schltr., Bull. Herb. Boissier 6: 865 (1898).
Heterotypic Synonyms:
Corycium ligulatum Rchb.f., Linnaea 19: 375 (1846).
Description:
Plant 1/2–1 1/2 ft. high; leaves distichous, narrow and long-acuminate from a broad sheathing base, 4 lin. long, the upper shorter and sheath-like; scapes 1/2–1 1/2 ft. high; spikes cylindric, 4 lin. long, very dense, many-flowered; bracts ovate, acute, shorter than the flower; pedicels about 3 lin. long; flowers rather small, white; dorsal sepal elliptic-oblong, with obtuse incurved apex, 2 1/4 lin. long; lateral sepals united to the middle into a broadly suborbicular concave limb, 2 1/2 lin. long, lobes obtuse; petals obliquely ovate, very obtuse, conduplicately folded, saccate at the base, 2 1/2 lin. long; lip broadly unguiculate; limb reflexed, ovate-oblong, obtuse, 1 1/2 lin. long; appendage pandurate, with suborbicular minutely crenulate limb, 1 3/4 lin. long; column short; arms of the rostellum oblong, obtuse, incurved, 1 1/4 lin. long.
Habitat:
Distribution:
SW. Cape Prov.