Genus Corymborkis

Corymborkis Thouars,
Nouv. Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 19 (1809) 318

Tall sympodial terrestrial plants with short rhizomes. Stem elongated, not fleshy, tough, with few to several leaves. Leaves sheathing at the base, spirally arranged, glabrous, plicate, persistent, convolute, thin-textured. Inflorescence a lateral panicle. Flowers medium-sized, ephemeral, resupinate or not, white. Sepals free. Petals free, fairly similar to the lateral sepals. Lip without spur, spathulate, not mobile. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 2, sectile, caudicles present, stipe absent, viscidium present.

World wide tropics. About 5 species; in New Guinea one, non-endemic, species [C. veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume].

Terrestrial in lowland forests (primary and secondary) and deserted plantations.

Stout plants with plicate leaves and long stems, sometimes as tall as a person, carrying relatively short lateral inflorescences of short-lived, white flowers. Fairly common in nature, but rarely cultivated. Corymborkis is related to Tropidia.