(pronounced: KOR-eh-bas)


Diurideae subtribe Acianthinae

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From the Greek Korybas, meaning a drunken man or a priest of Cybele, referring to the sepals which resemble a veiled drooping head, possibly alluding to a priest’s headdress or to the nodding head of a drunken man.


A genus of about 110 species distributed from northern India to Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, with almost half the species (ca. 50) occuring in New Guinea.


Banks, D. P. 1995. Notes on the cultivation of Corybas -- the “Helmet Orchids.” Orchadian 11(9):417-418.

Borgato, T. 1997. Il genere Corybas Salisb.: tre nuove species dal Sumatra. Orchis 118:305.

Clements, M. A. and E. D. Hatch 1985. Corybas acuminatus (Orchidaceae): a new name for a species previously considered to be Corybas rivularis. New Zealand J. Bot. 23:491-494.

Dransfield, J., J. B. Comber and G. Smith 1986. A synopsis of Corybas (Orchidaceae) in West Malesia and Asia. Kew Bull. 41(3):575-613.

Coleman, E. 1931. The pollination of Corysanthes bicalcarata (R. Br.). Vict. Nat. 48:95-99.

Jones, D. L. 1973. A new Corybas species from Victoria and New South Wales. Vict. Nat. 90:96-99.

Jones, D. L. 1997. Miscellaneous notes on Corybas neocaledonicus (Orchidaceae). Muelleriana 10:69-73.

Jones, D. L. and M. A. Clements 1988. A new Australian Corybas (Orchidaceae) previously misinterpreted as C. diemenicus (Lindley) H. G. Reichb. Kew Bull. 43(1):135-137.

Jones, D. L. and R. C. Nash 1976. A new Corybas from South Australia. Muelleria 3:245-249.

Joseph, J. and S. N. Yoganarasinham 1967. Corybas purpureus, a new species of orchid from United Khasi and Jaintia Hills, Assam. Indian For. 93(12):815-817.

Kores, P. 1978. A new species of Corybas (Orchidaceae) from Papua New Guinea. Blumea 24(2):459-462.

Tang, T. and F. T. Wang 1951. Corybas Salisb., a new addition to the orchid flora of China. Acta Phytotax. Sin. 1:185-187.

van Royen, P. 1983. The genus Corybas (Orchidaceae) in its eastern areas. Phanerog. Monogr. 16, J. Cramer, Vaduz.