Gastrodia major Aver. 2006

DrawingPhotos/Drawing by Averyanov and Hoa Lan Vietnam Website

Full shade Cool Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Spotted Gastrodia

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Lam Dong Vietnam in secondary and primary evergreen, montane, closed, broadleaf, shady forests with bamboo at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with no leaves and a cylindrical, slightly bent, densely hairy, fleshy, gray-brown tuber giving rise to an erect, soft, straight to slightly flexuous, deep brown to olive black, whitish towards the apex, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long, stem with 3 to 4, broad, ovate to narrowly ovate, obtuse bracts that blooms in the fall on a terminal, 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long peduncle and a 4.8 to 10.8" [12 to 27 cm] long rachis carrying laxly 4 to 10, distant flowers with narrowly triangular, black with white marks, falcate, acute floral bracts.

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

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