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Genus Corymborkis

Genus Corymborkis

Corymborkis Thouars, Nouv. Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 19 (1809) 318


  • Genus Corymbis Thouars, Hist. Orchid. (1822) t. 37
  • Genus Corymborchis Blume, Coll. Orchid. (1858) 125
  • Genus Hysteria Reinw. ex Blume, Cat. Gew. Buitenzorg (1823) 99 (nomen)
  • Genus Macrostylis Breda, Gen. Sp. Orchid. Asclep. (3) (1828) t. (2)
  • Genus Rhynchanthera Blume, Tab. Pl. Jav. Orchid. (1825) t. 78

Tall sympodial terrestrial plants with short rhizomes. Stem elongated, not fleshy, tough, with few to several leaves. Leaves sheathing at the base, spirally arranged, glabrous, plicate, persistent, convolute, thin-textured. Inflorescence a lateral panicle. Flowers medium-sized, ephemeral, resupinate or not, white. Sepals free. Petals free, fairly similar to the lateral sepals. Lip without spur, spathulate, not mobile. Column-foot absent. Pollinia 2, sectile, caudicles present, stipe absent, viscidium present.

Species present in New Guinea:

Corymborkis veratrifolia
Corymborkis veratrifolia var. lauterbachii

World wide tropics. About 5 species; in New Guinea one, non-endemic, species [C. veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume].

Terrestrial in lowland forests (primary and secondary) and deserted plantations.

  • Subfamily Epidendroideae
  • Tribe Tropidieae
  • Genus Corymborkis
  • Rasmussen, F.N. 1977.The genus Corymborkis Thou. (Orchidaceae): a taxonomic revision. Bot. Tidsskr. 71: 161-192.

Stout plants with plicate leaves and long stems, sometimes as tall as a person, carrying relatively short lateral inflorescences of short-lived, white flowers. Fairly common in nature, but rarely cultivated. Corymborkis is related to Tropidia.

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Genus Corymborkis

Corymborkis veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume, flower, photo P. O'Byrne, from Borneo, Sarawak

Genus Corymborkis

Corymborkis veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume, plant with infructescence, in situ, photo E.F. de Vogel, from Raka

Genus Corymborkis

Corymborkis veratrifolia (Reinw.) Blume, drawing N.H.S. Howcroft 123