Corybas barbarae (White Helmet Orchid)

Found growing in colonies (sometimes amongst Acianthus fornicatus, Pterostylis baptistii and/or Chiloglottis sylvestris) this autumn-flowering Corybas is small (approx. 20mm flower) and ground-hugging. Like many other small terrestrial orchids it is deciduous and, like Chiloglottis sylvestris, after pollination its fruit is pushed upward above the surrounding grasses etc. on a stem up to 15cm tall from where the seed is dispersed. Its leaf is similar to that of Acianthus fornicatus.

BACK to main page.

May 2003