Corycium carnosum (Lindl.) Rolfe 1913 SECTION Carnosum Kurziel & HP Linder

Plant and Flower in situ South Africa Photos by Tyrone Genade

Another Plant in situ Cape Province South Africa Photo by Marland Holderness and his Flickr Website


Common Name The Fleshy Corycium [refers to the inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southwestern and southern Cape Province South Africa in fynbos from near sea level to 1500 meters often in seepage areas as a cold growing, medium sized terrestrial with an erect stem carrying several narrowly lanceolate, acute, basally clasping leaves becoming black with drying and blooming in the spring and early summer on a terminal erect, to 9.6" [to 24 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute floral bracts that are longer than the ovaries and carrying sweet vanilla scented flowers

Synonyms *Pterygodium carnosum Lindl. 1839; Pterygodium patersoniae Schltr.1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Pterygodium carnosum; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzwell 1999 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 40 pg 2492 - 2564 Brieger 2000; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #1 2002 as Pterygodium carnosum photo fide; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;