Gastrodia taiensis Tuyama 1941 Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Lao Cai Gastrodia [An area of northern Vietnam]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northern Vietnam in primary broadleaved, evergreen shady forests in silicate solis at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a fusiform, pubescent tuber with small scales giving rise to an erect, fleshy, glabrous stem with distant tubular scale-like sheeaths that blooms in the late spring on an erect, rachis .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with membraneous, broadly lanceolate to narrowly obovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying campanulate, light yellowish to almost white flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011 drawing fide