Corybas papa
 
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Atene - Whanganui River
    Photo: Michael Pratt
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Atene - Whanganui River
    Photo: Michael Pratt
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Atene - Whanganui River
    Photo: Michael Pratt
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Photo: Ian St George
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Atene - Whanganui River
    Photo: Michael Pratt
  • Corybas papa
    Corybas papa
    Atene - Whanganui River
    Photo: Michael Pratt

 

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

LEAVES: Single leaf, 3 x 3.5cm, often smaller, orbicular to oblong-oval. Strictly sessile.

FLOWER: Solitary. Flower always above the leaf. 1 - 1.5cm high. Labellum broad, translucent green, with crimson or red in the back of the throat. Narrow green margin to the rear lobes of the labellum. Lateral sepals long, filiform, pointing upward. Petals long, filiform, pointing outward and upward.

FLOWERING TIME: August to September.

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

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened.

NOTES: Previously tag-named as Corybas "Mt Messenger".
Reasonably common in the hill country of Taranaki.
     
     
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