Corybas puberulus

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

Basionym: Corysanthes puberula

Terrestrial, very small, 3-5 cm high, roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Leaf ovate, acuminate, base cordate, 1.8-3 cm long, below the middle 1-1.8 cm broad, flower subsessile, erect. Floral bract lanceolate, subulate, glabrous, longer than the ovary. Median sepal clawed, elliptic-spathulate, hooked, apiculate, glabrous, dorsally with 7 prominent veins, 1.8 cm long; lateral sepals ascending, linear-filiform, sharply acute, about 3 cm long, glabrous. Petals similar to the lateral sepals and equally long, erect. Lip shorter than the median sepal, above the cylindrical-cucullate base expanded into a broadly ovate-oblong, obtuse blade, inside densely and minutely papillose-puberulous, margin minutely denticulate-ciliate, towards the opening of the throat in the middle deeply sulcate, spurs short, falcate-divergent, conical, subacute. Column short, rather thick, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, 0.4 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Corysanthes puberula Schltr.).

Colours: Leaves with white or rose-red veins. Flowers white, tinged and marked with rose-red.

Habitat: Terrestrial in humus in hill forest. Altitude 600 m.

Flowering time in the wild: September.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 178-101M.JPG

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