Corymborkis corymbis Thouars

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Corymborkis corymbis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

Corymborkis corymbis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

Corymborkis corymbis

Photo: Bart Wursten
By path from carpark to Big Tree, Chirinda Forest

Corymborkis corymbis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Chirinda Forest

Corymborkis corymbis

Photo: Rob Burrett
Chirinda Forest

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Synonyms: Corymborkis corymbosa (Ridl.) Kuntze
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Terrestrial orchid growing from a rhizomatous rootstock. Stem thin, somewhat straggling and bamboo-like, up to 1.5 m tall. leaves spirally arranged along the stem, dark green, plicate, lanceolate or elliptic, up to 24 cm long, narrowing at the base into a sheathing petiole; margin somewhat wavy. Inflorescences axillary and terminal, 4-12-flowered. Floral bracts lanceolate to ovate, 7-15 mm long. Flowers non-resupinate, 'spidery'. Sepals, petals and lip similar, more or less narrowly linear-spathulate, 6-8.5 cm long, green, petals and lip turning white when mature.
Derivation of specific name: corymbis: in a corymb or cluster, referring to the inflorescences.
Habitat: in deep shade in understorey of evergreen forest.
Altitude range: 100 - 1120 m
Flowering time:Jan - Feb
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa , Madagascar and Mascarene Islands.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI
Growth form(s): Terrestrial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Saturday 10 February 2024

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Corymborkis corymbis., retrieved 24 May 2024

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