Corycium nigrescens Sond. 1846 SECTION Corycium

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

Flower Closeup


Photos by Lourens Grobler

FragrancePart sun ColdLATESpring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Black Corycium

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, Cape Province, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal South Africa in seasonally wet grasslands at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a slender to fairly robust, to medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with cauline, glabrous, erect-spreading, lanceolate leaves grading into floral bracts above that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, terminal, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, densely many [25 to 60] flowered inflorescence carrying intensely sweet scented flowers

Synonyms Pterygodium nigrescens (Sond.) Schltr. 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Pterygodium nigrescens; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982 photo fide; Orchids of Southern Africa Linder & Kurzweil 1999 drawing/photo fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern South Africa and Swaziland McMurty, Grobler, Grobler & Burns 2008 photos