Corybas cyclopensis

Corybas cyclopensis P.Royen, Phanerog. Monogr. 16 (1983) 75, fig. 17

Type: Royen, van 5119 (holo L)

Small, 3 cm high terrestrial. Tuber ovoid, 1 by 0.8 cm. Stem 1.5-2.3 cm high, 1-nerved, glabrous. Cataphyll funnel-shaped, 0.8 by 0.3 cm, caudate, glabrous. Leaves cordate, 2.8 by 1.4 cm, acuminate, at the base cordate, mid-rib somewhat grooved above, prominent below mainly in the basal part, basal nerves 3 on either side of mid-rib, only the inner one reaching apical part of the leaf-blade, the other two much shorter, looping toward inner nerve, cross-veins 3-5 on either side of mid-rib, connate to inner basal nerve, venation sparsely, widely reticulate, margin very slightly wavy; with numerous pellucid lenticels. Pedicel 0.2 cm long, glabrous. Floral bract linear, widened at the base, boat-shaped, 1.4 by 0.2 cm, caudate, glabrous. Ovary obliquely clavate, 0.2 cm long, 6-ribbed, glabrous. Median sepal cucullate-spathulate, 1.5 by 0.5 cm, acute, 5-nerved at the base, up to 13-nerved on hood, glabrous. Lateral sepals linear but obliquely ovate at the base, 1.5 by 0.1 cm, caudate, glabrous. Petals similar to lateral sepals and of the same length. Lip semi-circular curved, from a tubular base widening out into an ovoid-orbicular, 1.2 by 1.0 cm large blade, acute, coarsely fimbriate along apical margin, 7-nerved at the base, 22-nerved near margin, glabrous. Capsule not seen. (After Van Royen, 1983).

Colours: Leaves dark red. Flowers dark purple.

Habitat: Terrestrial. Altitude 950 m.

Flowering time in the wild: December.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 178-36M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires shaded position.