Corybas cheesemanii (Hook.f. ex Kirk) Kuntze 1891 Photo by Steve Reekie and his Flickr Photo Website

Plant and flwoers in situ New Zealand Photo by David Lyttle and SRGC Forum Website

Drawing Drawing by Bruce Irwin and Native Orchids Website

EARLY

Common Name Cheeseman's Corybas [English Botanist 1800's] - In New Zealand, the Spurred Helmut Orchid

Flower Size .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm]

Found in New Zealand in lowland nothofagus [beech] forests in leaf litter as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a green leaf that blooms in the fall and early winter carrying a single, apical flower with the sepals just breaking through the ground cover so as to appear as if someone has strewn pearls on the forest floor.

Synonyms *Corysanthes cheesemanii Hook.f. ex Kirk 1871

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Native Orchids of New Zealand, A Colour Field Guide Scanlen & St George 2010 photo fide;

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