Corunastylis capparina D.L.Jones

Austral. Orchid Review 81 (6): 36 (2017)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Endemic

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)



Flowering plants 8–25 cm tall. Leaf lamina appressed to the peduncle below the lowest flower. Inflorescence 1–3 cm long, moderately crowded. Flowers 2–20, green, variably suffused purple, rarely wholly purplish, 3.5–4 mm across, deflexed; perianth segments spreading widely; dorsal sepal broadly ovate, 3–3.5 mm long, c. 2.5 mm wide, apex abruptly acuminate, margins entire;  lateral sepals divergent, obliquely decurved, linear-lanceolate, 4–4.5 mm long, c. 1–1.3 mm wide, slightly pouched at the base; petals ovate-lanceolate, c. 2.5 mm long, 1 mm wide, apex acute to acuminate, slightly recurved, margins dark and somewhat thickened. Labellum cuneate when flattened, 2.5–2.9 mm long, 1.5–1.8 mm wide mm, margins irregularly thickened-crenulate, apex obtuse to acute; callus narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong, about half as wide as the labellum body, extending nearly to the labellum apex. Column wings minutely denticulate. Flowers Mar.–Apr.

Apparently restricted to near-coastal heath and heathy forest or woodland between Sale and Bairnsdale (e.g. Blond Bay, Moormung).

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2017-01-20
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-01-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Orchidaceae
genus Corunastylis
Higher taxa