Corybas leucotyle

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

Basionym: Corysanthes leucotyle

Terrestrial, very small, 2-3.5 cm high. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Leaf broadly ovate, acuminate, base deeply cordate, 2-2.8 cm long, below the middle 1.4-2 cm broad. Flower subsessile, erect, floral bracts lanceolate-subulate, about as long as the ovary, glabrous. Median sepal obovate-spathulate, with a ligulate claw, broadly obtuse, concave, with 5 thickened veins in upper half, 1.7 cm long. Lateral sepals linear-subulate, sharply acute, glabrous, porrect, about 0.9 cm long. Petals very similar to the lateral sepals, suberect, 2.2 cm long, glabrous, twisted towards the apex. Lip above the cucullate base expanded into a large reniform, apiculate blade with densely serrate margins, in the middle with a ring-shaped thickening, spurs very short, diverging, conical, narrowly obtuse. Column short, somewhat thickened, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, almost 0.3 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Corysanthes leucotyle Schltr.).

Colours: Leaf dark velvety green with bright rose-red veins. Flower dark purple, median sepal outside green, lip with a pure white boss.

Habitat: Terrestrial between moss on large boulders along river banks in lower montane forest. Altitude 1200 m.

Flowering time in the wild: June.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 178-68M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, keep in light shade.