AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Corycium alticola Parkman & Schelpe, Contr. Bolus Herb. 10: 157 (1982).
Description:
Plants robust, to c. 400 mm tall, black when dried; leaves suberect, spreading, lanceolate, acuminate, 55-200 x 28 mm. Inflorescences dense, numerous-flowered; bracts overtopping flowers, lanceolate, acuminate, to c. 28 x 10 mm. Flowers c. 20 x 7-10 mm, sepals white turning black, petals pale green, lip pale maroon. Median sepal broadly ovate, subacute to obtuse, 8 x 4-6 mm; lateral sepals deflexed, concave, suborbicu-lar, connate to half their length, 6-8 x 4-5 mm. Petals broadly lanceolate, falcate, as long as the median sepal. Lip rotund-oblong, emarginate, 5-6 x 4-5 mm; appendage shield-like, c. 5 mm tall, with 2 deltate, divaricate, acute apical lobes 8 mm long.
Habitat:
Very local in KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and Lesotho, known from only a few localities; in damp grassland from 1950 to 2400 m. Flowering in February.
Distribution:
S. Africa

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Image Flower Details Habitat/ In Situ Habitat/ In Situ
corycium alticola naudes nek 2feb07 113 corycium alticola naudes nek 8feb08 041 corycium alticola naudes nek 2feb07 114 corycium alticola naudess nek 19jan11 100
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