Corybas carsei
 
  • Corybas carsei
    Corybas carsei
    Whangamarino - Waikato
    Photo: Eric Scanlen
  • Corybas carsei
    Corybas carsei
    Whangamarino - Waikato
    Photo: Dan Hatch

 

Corybas carsei
Banded Helmet Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
1 to 2cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single leaf. Up to 2cm, orbicular in shape.

FLOWERS: Solitary. Flower well above the leaf. 1 - 1.5cm long. Flower dark red. Dorsal sepal and labellum about the same length. Tip of dorsal sepal deeply cleft. Labellum striped with darker coloured veins. Labellum frontal interior with backward facing cilia. Petals and lateral sepals short and facing forward beside the labellum. Column upright.

FLOWERING TIME: August - November.

HABITAT: Confined to Empodisma bogs. Only known from Whangamarino in the northern Waikato.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Threatened - Nationally Critical.

NOTES: Populations have increased after controlled burning of its habitat, so fire may be essential for its continued survival.
     
     
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