Gastrodia major Aver. 2006

Inflorescence

DrawingPhotos/Drawing by Averyanov and Hoa Lan Vietnam Website

Full shade Warm Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Large Gastrodia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Dak Lac Vietnam in secondary, evergreen, lowland and submontane, closed, broadleaf, shady forests with bamboo at elevations of 700 to 900 meters as a small to medium sized, warm growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with no leaves with a cylindrical, slightly bent, densely hairy, fleshy, brown tuber giving rise to an erect, rigid, straight to slightly flexuous, olive brown, whitish towards the apex, 10 to 24" [25 to 60 cm] long, stem with 5 to 8, broad, ovate to narrowly ovate, obtuse bracts that blooms in the fall on a terminal, 8 to 18" [20 to 45 cm] long peduncle and a 1.6 to 6" [4 to 15 cm] long rachis carrying 4 to 10 distant flowers with narrowly triangular, rigid, deep brown, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Rheedea 16: 7 Averyanov 2006 drawing/photo fide;

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