To 24 mm tall at flowering. Leaf small, often buried at fruiting;
Like pearls sprinkled on the forest floor with apparently ice capped curved dorsal sepal, petals often hidden behind spurs and sepals reduced to small needles.
May - August; long stalked capsules evident November to December.
Favours deep litter in relatively deep shade; kanuka, beech, taraire or even Douglas fir forest.
Widespread, locally very abundant; not threatened.
Capsules like C. cryptanthus, but scraping litter away usually reveals the leaf. Capsules can be very abundant.
Apparent lack of petals or sepals, pearly top of dorsal sepal, small leaf.