Corybas torricellensis

Corybas torricellensis (Schltr.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 19 (1923) 22

Basionym: Corysanthes torricellensis

Terrestrial, very small, 3-4 cm high. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Leaf ovate, acuminate, deeply cordate, glabrous, 1.5-2.5 cm long, below the middle 0.7-1.5 cm broad. Flower subsessile, erect. Floral bracts lanceolate-subulate, more than twice as long as the ovary. Median sepal at base shortly clawed, obovate-spathulate, obtuse, dorsally with thickened mid-vein, about 2 cm long. Lateral sepals decurved, linear-subulate, sharply acute, glabrous, about 2 cm long. Petals as long as and similar to the lateral sepals, ascending. Lip above the cucullate base expanded into a large, glabrous, suborbicular, apiculate blade with minutely and densely serrulate margins, with two small swellings next to the opening of the throat, in the middle towards the opening of the throat with a distinct groove, with short, conical, falcate, diverging, narrowly obtuse spurs. Column short, somewhat thickened glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Corysanthes torricellensis Schltr.).

Colours: Leaves dark red. Flower whitish, median sepal tinged red, lip with beautiful blackish brown markings.

Habitat: Terrestrial between moss lower montane forest. Altitude 800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 178-125M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm-intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in shade.