In extensive colonies. Leaf sessile, often with dark crimson spots.
10-15 mm long, ovary sitting shortly above the leaf, labellum dark maroon at the top; midlobe narrow, pale cream tapering to a point. Dorsal sepal pale green streaked red. Auricles downward pointing. Lateral sepals erect.
September - October.
Wet, mossy stream banks often just above the flood line, waterfall spray zone and wet seepages. Coromandel and Kaimai ranges eastward to Urewera.
Similar to C. “whiskers” and C. papa but occupying separate areas. Distinguished from the former by Downward pointing auricles and paler colour; from the latter by the darker colour. Darker colour forms Occur in the Coromandel and seem to grade to C. rivularis to the north. Voucher specimen (CHR518025; Kaimai)
Ovary sitting above a clasping, sessile leaf, deep narrow midlobe narrowing to a point, surface hairless; auricle down pointing.