Corycium dracomontanum Parkman & Schelpe 1982 SECTION Corycium

Plant in situ South Africa Photos by Cameron & Rhoda McMaster and their African Bulbs - South African Orchid Page

Flower Close-up

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Fragrance Part shade Cold LATESpring Summer

Common Name The Drakensberge Mountains Corycium

Flower Size .25" [.65 cm]

Found in Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in grasslands often near water at elevations of 1200 to 2300 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with undivided, sometimes stalked tubers giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying cauline, lanceolate, three veined, suberect to sometimes spreading, acute, upper becoming bract-like leaves which are longer than the ovaries that blooms in the late spring through summer on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, densely many [20 to 50] flowered, cylindrical, spicate inflorescence carrying toffee scented, globular flowers that are spirally arranged and turn black in a short time


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo good; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 drawing fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 photo fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 2 Part One Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase and Rasmussen 2001 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos; The Cape Orchids Vol 2 Liltved & Johnson 2012 photo fide;