Corybas sphagnum
 
  • Corybas sphagnum
    Corybas sphagnum
    Paramanawera Swamp - Mt Ruapehu
    Photo: Eric Scanlen
  • Corybas sphagnum
    Corybas sphagnum
    Paramanawera Swamp - Mt Ruapehu
    Photo: Eric Scanlen
  • Corybas sphagnum
    Corybas sphagnum
    Blue Creek - Nelson
    Photo: Eric Scanlen
  • Corybas sphagnum
    Corybas sphagnum
    Paramanawera Swamp - Mt Ruapehu
    Photo: Eric Scanlen

 

Corybas "sphagnum"
Spider Orchid
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PLANT: Terrestrial tuberous herb.
3 to 6cm high when in flower.

LEAVES: Single leaf, petiolate, 3 x 3.5cm, often smaller, orbicular to oblong-oval. Upper surface yellow-green, usually with brown spots.

FLOWER: Solitary. Flower above the leaf. 1.5 - 2cm high. Labellum deep crimson turing grey-green towards the margin, edge finely jagged. Lateral sepals long and flecked with red. Petals slightly shorter than lateral sepals, flecked with red. Has a rounded inner flexure to the labellum mid-rib.

FLOWERING TIME:
November - December.

HABITAT: Montane to sub-alpine Swamps.

CONSERVATION STATUS: At Risk - Naturally Uncommon.

NOTES: Closely resembles C iridescens but with paler flowers.
Recorded from southern Mt Ruapehu, and Kahurangi National Park.
     
     
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