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Corybas amabilis

Corybas amabilis

Corybas amabilis P.Royen, Phanerog. Monogr. 16 (1983) 33, fig. 3

Type: ANU (Flenley) 2394 (holo CANB)


  • Calcearia amabilis (P.Royen) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones, Orchadian 13 (2002) 443

Small, 5 cm high terrestrial. Tuber ovoid-globose, 0.5 cm across. Stem 1 cm long, 4-ribbed. Cataphyll tubular, 0.6 cm long, subcaudate. Leaves ovate, 1.8 by 1.2 cm, acute, at the base cordate, mid-rib slightly sunken above, prominent below mainly in basal half, basal nerves 2 on either side of the mid-rib, inner one reaching tip of leaf, outer one up to 3/4, cross-veins 7 or 8 on either side of the mid-rib, connate to inner basal nerve, venation widely reticulate, all nerves distinct by a different coloration than of leaf surface. Pedicel 0.05 cm long. Floral bract linear, ovate at the base, 1 by 0.2 cm, acute and recurved. Ovary obliquely cylindrical, 0.7 by 0.3 cm, 6-ribbed, glabrous. Median sepal obovate-cucullate, up to 2.5 by 1 cm, rounded and apiculate at tip, 3-nerved at the base, 9-nerved on hood, mid-rib slightly sunken, scattered warty on outside of hood, otherwise glabrous. Lateral sepals and petals linear, ovate in basal part, 0.55-0.6 cm long, acute. Lip from a 1.5 by 0.8 cm large tubular part slightly curved and spreading into an orbicular, slightly 3-lobed, 1.2-1.6 by 1.3-1.8 cm large blade, margin coarsely laciniate-fimbriate, boss in throat conoid, tube 5-nerved at the base, blade up to 12-nerved. Capsule not seen. (After Van Royen, 1983).

Flowers white, median sepal red on outside, lip purple veined.

Terrestrial in upper montane forest. Altitude 2000 m.

Malesia (New Guinea, endemic).

Papua New Guinea. See map

distribution in New Guinea

Cool growing terrestrial.


  • Family Orchidaceae
  • Subfamily Orchidoideae
  • Tribe Diurideae
  • Subtribe Acianthinae
  • Genus Corybas
  • Species Corybas amabilis

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Corybas amabilis

Corybas amabilis P.Royen, draughtsperson not known, possibly Pieter van Royen, in Phanerog. Monogr. 16 (1983) 33, fig. 3