Goodyera fusca (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Goodyera Photo by Krishan Lal and The Flowers of India Website

Drawing Drawing by R Pantling and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shadeColdLATER Summer EARLY fall

Common Name The Somber-Brown Goodyera [refers to the inflorescence color]

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar in peaty soil among dwarf rhodenendrons in moss banks, on open hillsides on rocks and on cliffs at elevations around 3600 to 5170 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a glabrous stem with a cluster of several oblong, acute, leaf-like bracts above, below, thick, fleshy, 5 veined, margins revolute, narrowing below into the broad petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a compact, pubescent, brown-scaly, not secund, 2 to 4.4" long, densely many flowered inflorescence with boat-shaped, ovate-oblong, sub-acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Cystorchis fusca (Lindl.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883; Epipactis fusca (Lindl.) A.A.Eaton 1908; *Hetaeria fusca Lindl.1840; Orchiodes fuscum (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Vol 22 Hooker 1894 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo ok;