This orchid was first seen in 1975 by a Norwegian botanist C. van Steenis who was a POW in Java and came to visit Twinstreams. He was walking with Ian Garland and recognized identical conditions as that found in Java and found verrucosa which has been the only example of this species found in the world to date. It was officially named and described in 1980 and it is known only from the Mtunzini area, and as far as we know, only from Twinstreams. There is another species in Tropical Africa and yet another on Madagascar, but there are also several species in Asia and the Pacific Islands. All the species are leafless saprophytes (lack chlorophyll so grow on rotting leaf litter) and all occur in swamp forests.