|Name:||Corysanthes despectans||Common Name||Coast Helmet Orchid|
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|We were used to seeing the big Corybas in the
wild, but these new ones were oh, so small! It was very difficult to
see them. The flower is less than half the size of the others.
They hid in the open, looking very much like Dichondra (or its close
relative) but they hug the ground very closely - this is the give-away.
They are found in 2 areas, this one and one at Portland.
Photographed on the Mornington Peninsula.
Flowering: Flowering July - August, mainly July.
Size: Ground hugging to 3cm, flower - 1, to 12mm across.
Location: Found in coastal areas on the Mornington Peninsula. Grows in closed scrublands, dominated by Coast Tea Tree in moist shady areas. Soils are rich sands.
Coin = 25mm Dia. (1 inch)