Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Orchidoideae
Tribe: Diseae
SubTribe: Coryciinae
Genus: Corycium
Sw. 1800
Type Species

Corycium is a genus or terrestial Orchid comprising some 14 species


The genus is distributed from Eastern and Southern Africa including 10 species endemic to the Fynbos.


Their resting stage is a tuber and when growing they have many leaves scattered along the stem but concentrated near the base. The dense spikes of flowers are not particularly striking and are often brown, green or purple. The uppermost 3 tepals are connivent into a hood whilst the lateral sepals are almost united. The lip is joined to to the column bearing an appendage that covers the anthers

In South Africa they are called Monkshood Orchids.


Plant prefers to be grown in a shady area and cool to warn temperatures depending on the species.


The name means small leather bag in reference to the shape and appearance of the flowers.

Species Edit

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