!Gastrodia sesamoides Petrie 1893 Photo courtesy of Cathy Powers and her AUSTRALIAN TERRESTRIAL ORCHIDS OTHER FLORA & FAUNA BANJORAH Website

Flower Closeup

Inflorescence Photos courtesy of Colin Rowan and his Orchid Website

Part ShadeCool to ColdSpring and Summer

Common Name The Sesame-Like Gastrodia - Cinnamon-Bells - The Common Potato Orchid

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria Australia at elevations of 30 to 1100 meters occuring in moist situations in sclerophyll forest and woodland - often found in heavy leaf litter as large sized, cool to cold growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a recumbent carrot-like tuber giving rise to an erect, brown stem that blooms in the spring and summer on an erect, 4' [120 cm]long, few to many [3 to 20] flowered inflorescence with nodding, cinnamon scented flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 35 No 4 1966; Wild Orchids of Southern Africa Stewart, Linder, Schelpe & Hall 1982; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 41 2001 photo good; Orchids of Australia Riley & Banks 2002; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Native Orchids of Australia Jones 2006 photo fide

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