Common name: Bristly Helmet Orchid
Corybas hispidus D.L.Jones APNI*
Synonyms: Corysanthes hispida (D.L.Jones) D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. APNI*
Description: Terrestrial herb.
Leaf 25–40 mm long, 20–35 mm wide, upper surface green, lower surface pellucid.
Flower recurved, reddish purple and white, 30–38 mm long. Dorsal sepal spathulate, hooded, 22–36 mm long, 11–18 mm wide, greenish grey with red striations. Lateral sepals linear, c. 9 mm long, c. 1 mm wide. Petals linear, c. 5 mm long, c. 1 mm wide, auriculate at the base. Labellum tube much shorter than the lamina; lamina broad-ovate, 20–30 mm long, 20–28 mm wide, the margins spreading to incurved, with numerous linear teeth; boss white, conspicuous, upper margin notched, surface covered with short, stiff bristles; auricles oblique, the opening c. 2 mm across.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread on sheltered slopes of the ranges and tablelands.
NSW subdivisions: NC, ?CC, NT, CT, ST, CWS, SWS
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
A variant from the NT has reddish stains on the labellum boss and a red lower surface to the leaf.
Text by D. L. Jones
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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