AFRICAN

ORCHIDS

Corycium flanaganii (Bolus) Kurzweil & H.P.Linder, Pl. Syst. Evol. 175: 218 (1991).
Homotypic Synonyms:
Pterygodium flanaganii Bolus, Icon. Orchid. Austro-Afric. 1: t. 98 (1896).
Anochilus flanaganii (Bolus) Rolfe in W.H.Harvey & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Cap. 5(2): 281 (1913).
Description:
A glabrous erect somewhat robust herb, 20-30 cm high; stem straight densely leafy; leaves thickly imbricate erect-spreading or often recurved at the apex, ovate or ovate-lanceolate acuminate many-nerved, loosely sheathing the stem at base, 3-8 cm. long; spike oblong densely many-flowered, bracts ovate lanceolate submembranous, usually reflexed at the apex; flowers inverted, about 1,2 cm. long, 1,0 cm. wide; side sepals spreading ovate lanceolate subobtuse many-nerved, connate at base; odd sepal inferior deflexed, ovate-lanceolate, at first adherent to the petals often becoming free; petals deflexed lanceolate subacute concave incurved; lip superior erect-recurved tongue-shaped, almost as long as the sepals, furnished below the middle and near the base with numerous small fleshy calli or warts, appendage rising from the base of the limb oblong subfleshy, traversed by an elevated nerve, half as long as the lip.
Note:
Colour of the flowers according to the collector brown or smoky grey, the bracts and foliage of a similar tint, darker at the tips, the lip dark maroon.
Habitat:
In montane grasslands at elevations around 2000 meters.
Distribution:
E. Cape Prov. to Lesotho
References:
Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982
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McMaster. Image used
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Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.
Photograph© Cameron
McMaster. Image used
with kind permission.