Corycium bicolorum (Thunb.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Corycium

Flowers in situ Cape Province South Africa

Photos by Gavin Lawson. and The Zandvlei Trust Botany Group's plant species list Website

Common Name The Two Colored Corycium

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southwestern Cape Province South Africa in fynbos at elevations of near sea level to 600 meters as a medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender stem carrying few to numerous, crispate, narrowly lanceolate, broad based leaves that blooms in the spring on a terminal, erect, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with deflexed, ovate acute floral bracts and spicily scented flowers.

The Photo above is of very fresh flowers of C bicolorum but most plants found do have a color contrast between new flowers and old, hence the scientific name.

Synonyms *Ophrys bicolor Thunb. 1794; Pterygodium bicolorum (Thunb.) Schltr. 1898; Pterygodium mundii Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Schelpe, Linder and Hall 1982 photo ok; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;