Corybas carinulifer

Corybas carinulifer (Schltr.) P.Royen, Phanerog. Monogr. 16 (1983) 82 ('carinuliferus')

Basionym: Corysanthes carinulifera

Terrestrial (?), erect, tiny, up to 3 cm high. Stem short, terete, up to 1.2 cm long, 1-leaved, at the base with two small sheaths. Leaf patent, suborbicular-cordate, apiculate, up to l.2 by 1 cm, glabrous. Flower sessile. Floral bract lanceolate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary. Median sepal at the base ligulate, suborbicular-dilated, apiculate, incurved-somewhat concave, 1.7 cm long, below the apex 0.7 cm wide, glabrous. Lateral sepals falcate-porrect, narrowly linear, sharply acute, 1.5 cm long, glabrous. Petals similar to the lateral sepals but smaller, 1.2 cm long, oblique, at the base somewhat dilated. Lip erect, curved, at the base cucullate-ligulate, abruptly reniform-dilated, flabellate, notched at the apex, margins irregularly and obtusely denticulate, with c. 13 weakly keeled-thickened, minutely papillose nerves, lip in total 0.8 cm long; when flattened above the middle 1.2 cm wide; spurs 2, obliquely cylindrical, subacute, scarcely 0.3 cm long. Column very short. Ovary sessile, cylindrical, glabrous, 0.5 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1919, as Corysanthes carinulifera Schltr.).

Colours: Not recorded.

Habitat: Not known.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 178-30M.JPG