Corybas helensis S.P.Lyon 2016

Side View of Flower

Plant and flower in situ

Photos by P Presland/Stephanie Pimm Lyon

Common Name The Hela Corybas [A mountain range within Papua New Guinea]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Papua New Guinea in the western central mountains in montane forests in thick mosss at elevations of 2600 to 3150 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with an ovoid tuberoid giving rise to a slightly angular stem with a basal, acute apically sheath and carrying a single, grayish green with pale veins and a broad whitish midrib above, suffused purple between veins beneath, sessile, ovate to elliptic, truncate to slightly cordate slightly decurrent on stem, glabrous, margin slightly undulate, revolute, apiculate, veins reticulate, with 2 lateral veins on either side of the midrib, outermost lateral veins extending most of the way to the apex leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an erect, purplish, .04" [1 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with purplish, narrowly triangular, basally clapsing, keeled, subulate, twice longer than the ovary floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Malesian Orchid Journal Vol 18 2016 drawing/photo fide;