The Corycium genus forms part of the Coryciinae, a group of four orchid genera characterised by complex lip appendages and various twists to the column or gynostemium. Corycium is a genus of 14 terrestrial orchids growing annually from perennial tubers.
Corycium dracomontanum was only separated from C. nigrescens in 1982. These very similar species differ in the shape of their lip appendages that can only be observed when the concave lateral petals have been removed.
C. dracomontanum is erect and slender, becoming about 22 cm tall. Its numerous leaves are lance-shaped, nearly linear and spreading, angled upwards around the stem.
As the specific name (dracomontanum) suggests, the species distribution is centred and numerous in the Drakensberg area, but widespread although less densely populated from Mossel Bay in the southern Cape along the eastern parts of South Africa and beyond the border to Malawi and Tanzania.This plant was seen in the Sani Pass.
The habitat of C. dracomontanum is mainly grassland, often montane, but plants may be found at altitudes as low as 180 m. The species is not considered threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century (Liltved and Johnson, 2012; Wikipedia; www.redlist.sanbi.org).
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