Corybas orbiculatus
 

 

Corybas orbiculatus
Spider Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
3 to 5cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single leaf, 3 x 2.5cm, often smaller, orbicular to oblong-oval. Shortly petiolate.

FLOWER: Solitary. Flower above the leaf. 1.5 - 2cm high. Dorsal sepal similar length to the labellum, transparent green flecked with red. Both the petals and lateral sepals very short. Labellum broad and dark red. Labellum edges rolled inwards.

FLOWERING TIME:
August - October.

HABITAT: Coastal to montane wet moss-covered banks. Favours papa clay, limestone, and calcareous siltstone banks.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not threatened.

NOTES: The only species in the Corybas rivularis aggregate with both short lateral sepals and short petals, and therefore easily identified. Previously tag-named as Corybas "short-tepals".
     
     
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