Corybas acuminatus


Corybas acuminatus
Dancing Spider Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
Up to 6cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single leaf, 4 x 3cm. Triangular in shape. Edges wavy. Leaf veins often coloured red.

FLOWER: Solitary, though occasionally has two. Flower above the leaf. 1.5 - 2cm high. Dorsal sepal very long and facing horizontally forward, gradually tapering to a very narrow tip. Labellum red and creamy-green, the surface with short hairs. Lateral sepals long, filiform, erect or leaning slightly forward. Petals almost as long as the lateral sepals, spreading outwards either side of the flower.

FLOWERING TIME: September - December.

HABITAT: Lowland to subalpine shady damp forests.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened. Locally common.

NOTES: Incorrectly identified as Corybas rivularis for many years.
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