Corybas striatus

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

Basionym: Corysanthes striata

Terrestrial, very small, 2.5-4.5 cm high. Roots filiform, elongated, flexuose, puberulous. Leaf very small, suborbicular or subreniform, cordate, shortly acuminate or apiculate, glabrous, 0.7-1.2 cm long, below the middle 0.8-1.2 cm broad. Peduncle very short, after anthesis gradually elongating. Flower erect. Floral bract ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, glabrous, slightly more than half as long as the ovary. Median sepal obovate-spathulate, obtuse, glabrous, concave, about 1.3 cm long. Lateral sepals ascending, linear-subulate, sharply acute, 0.9 cm long, glabrous. Petals subulate, suberect, less than half as long as the lateral sepals. Lip shorter than the median sepal, above the cucullate base expanded into an ovate, obtuse blade with entire margins, in upper part towards the apex sparsely minutely pilose, spurs short, diverging, conical, obtuse. Column short, somewhat thickened, glabrous. Ovary cylindrical, glabrous, about 0.8 cm long. (After Schlechter, 1911-1914, as Corysanthes striata Schltr.).

Colours: Leaves rather deep green. Flower whitish with crimson stripes, median sepal near the apex tinged crimson.

Habitat: Terrestrial on exposed limestone cliffs on open slopes. Altitude 1100 m.

Flowering time in the wild: July.

Distribution: Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua New Guinea. See map: 178-120M.JPG

Cultivation: Intermediate growing terrestrial, requires light shade.