Spider Orchids 1


             
Corybas carsei
 
Corybas rotundifolius
 
Corybas rotundifolius Pale
 
Corybas cheesemanii
Banded Helmet Orchid
Corybas carsei
Whangamarino - Waikato
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers August - November
A critically endangered species. Now
only known from one small area in a
swamp in the Waikato. Flower a dark
red. Dorsal sepal tip is deeply cleft.


More  More Information
 
Kauri Helmet Orchid
Corybas rotundifolius
Kaitaia
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers June - August
Found in scrub and light forests north
of Warkworth. Lacks the long thin petals
and sepals present on most species of
spider orchid. Flower a soft pink red.


More  More Information
 
Pale Helmet Orchid
Corybas rotundifolius "pale"
Lake Ohia - Far North
Photo: Kevin Matthews

Flowers July - August
Structurally the same as Corybas
rotundifolius, but the flowers are pale,
and the flowering period usually
occurs slightly later.


More  More Information
 
Spurred Helmet Orchid
Corybas cheesemanii
Diggers Valley - Kaitaia
Photo: Gary Little

Flowers May - August
Prefers forests with a deep layer of fine
leaf litter, mainly under Beech, Kanuka
and Taraire. Is easily overlooked due to
its small size.


More  More Information
             
Corybas cryptanthus
 
Corybas oblongus
 
Corybas aestivalis
Hidden Spider Orchid
Corybas cryptanthus
Shenstone Block - Te Paki
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers July - October
A leafless species which lacks chlorophyll.
Found amongst the leaf litter of Beech
and Tea Tree forests. The flower is
often hidden beneath the leaf litter.


More  More Information
 
Spider Orchid
Corybas oblongus
Okoia - Wanganui
Photo: Michael Pratt

Flowers September - December
Found beneath light forest, scrub,
or upon banks from North Cape to
the Auckland Islands. Labellum dark
crimson with a pale fimbriate edge.


More  More Information
 
Spider Orchid
Corybas "aestivalis"
Shenstone Block - Te Paki
Photo: Eric Scanlen

Flowers August - November
Similar to Corybas oblongus,
but with a round labellum opening
and a definitive bed of dark dentiform
papillae within the labellum.


More  More Information
         
Photo Section Index