Corybas rotundifolius
 

 

Corybas rotundifolius "pale"
Pale Helmet Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
2 to 5cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single leaf. Up to 3.5 x 3cm, oblong-oval in shape.

FLOWER: Solitary flower well above the leaf and usually hanging downward. 1 - 1.5cm long. Clear translucent, but the labellum develops a faint pink tinge as the flower matures, particularly around the labellum opening. Tip of dorsal sepal not cleft. Petals and lateral sepals very short. Column upright.

FLOWERING TIME:
July - August.

HABITAT: Dark shaded areas beneath Leptospermum scoparium scrub.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Usually later flowering than pink Corybas rotundifolius.
First recorded in 1899 by HB Matthews. Structurally the same as pink Corybas rotundifolius, but the pale colouring and later flowering are notable.
     
     
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