Corymborkis veratrifolia

Corymborkis veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume, Fl. Javae, n.s., 1 (1858) 105, t. 42, 43 ('Corymborchis')

Basionym: Hysteria veratrifolia

A terrestrial herb. Stems up to 2 m high, erect. Leaves 6-15, scattered in the upper part of the stem, narrowly elliptic or ovate, acute to acuminate, 18-35 by 5-10 cm, ribbed and fluted, sheathing at base. Inflorescences 1-4, lateral, arising near the apex of the stem, erect to drooping, corymbose-paniculate, with few to 60 flowers. Flowers fragrant. Median sepal linear-spathulate, acute, 2-5.3 by 0.23-0.53 cm. Lateral sepals obliquely linear-spathulate, acute, 2-5.1 by 0.23-0.51 cm. Petals obliquely linear-spathulate, acute, margins often undulate, 2.3-5.2 by 0.23-0.51 cm. Lip about the same length as the sepals, basal portion narrow, embracing the column, with 2 barely discernible, long, raised lines which diverge on the blade and terminate in small calli, the blade round and reflexed with irregularly undulate margins. Column slightly shorter than the lip. (After Lewis and Cribb, 1991).

Colours: Leaves dark green. Flowers white to greenish-white.

Habitat: Terrestrial in lowland forest. Altitude 0-1000 m.

Flowering time in the wild: January, March, April, May, June, July, December.

Distribution: Malesia (Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Moluccas, New Guinea, The Philippines), Vietnam, tropical East Asia, Australia, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga.

Distribution in New Guinea: Papua (Indonesia); Papua New Guinea. See map: 181-4M.JPG

Cultivation: Warm growing terrestrial, keep in shade.