(pronounced: kor-em-BOR-kiss)



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Erect leafy terrestrials from horizontal rhizomes along the substrate interface. Leaves plicate, sessile. Inflorescences axillary, corymbose-paniculate, much shorter than the leaves. Flowers not resupinate, ephemeral, fragrant, gregarious. Sepals and petals subsimilar, free. Lip unlobed, with an expanded limb, with two parallel, longitudinal keels. Column long, straight, the rostellum bifid; pollinia two, on a short stipe and viscidium.


From the Greek, korymbos, meaning a cluster or corymb, and orchis, meaning orchid, referring to the corymbose inflorescences of the genus.


A pantropical genus of eight species.

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DuPuy, D. J. and B. P. DuPuy 1989. An extraordinary population of Corymborkis veratrifolia on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Orchid Review 97:163-166.

Friis, I. and F. N. Rasmussen 1974. The two alternative systems of nomenclature proposed and used for orchids by du Petit Thouars, with special regard to Corymborkis Thouars. Taxon 24:307-318.

Rasmussen, F. N. 1977. The genus Corymborkis Thou. (Orchidaceae): taxonomic revision. Bot. Tidsskr. 71:161-192.