Corybas klossii

Corybas klossii (Ridl.) Schltr., Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 19 (1923) 21

Basionym: Corysanthes klossii

Stem 10 cm long. Leaf ovate, acute, sessile, with crenulate margins, 1.5 by 1 cm. Ovary with pedicel 5 cm long. Median sepal large, obovate, rounded, clawed, entire, 2 by 1 cm. Lateral sepals narrowly filiform-linear, 0.4 cm long. Petals filiform, 4 cm long. Lip obovate, 1.5 cm long, margins fimbriate, at the base tubular, with two short obtuse spurs. Anther large, cucullate. Pollinia semi-elliptic. Column wings short, broad, oblong, truncate. (After Ridley, 1916, as Corysanthes klossii Ridl.).

Colours: Median sepal white. Lip in the centre very dark purple, margins paler. Anther very dark purple. Pollinia yellow.

Habitat: Probably terrestrial in upper montane forest. Altitude 3350-3800 m.

Flowering time in the wild: Not known

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia). See map: 178-64M.JPG

Cultivation: Probably a cool growing terrestrial.