Purple Helmet Orchid
Flower, above
Adelaide Hills
African Orchid
In flower
Purple Helmet Orchid (Corysanthes incurva)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida)
Order: Asparagus (Asparagales)
Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Purple Helmet Orchid (Corysanthes incurva)
This Photo:     🔍Flower, finished🔎
Synonym: Corybas incurvus
Other name: Slaty Helmet

Thank you Robert Lawrence, (ZaneDJ) & Tom Hunt for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
Unfortunately we just missed out on seeing this one flower. They often don't flower at all, building up strength with just one leaf over the years until the time is right. This was the 1st we knew we even had this species at our home in the Adelaide Hills.
The largest leaf was ~40mm wide.
Woo Hoo, we got the flower this year (2018).

Copyright © 2016-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Sep-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.