Goodyera rhombodoides Aver. 2007Drawing by Averyanov and The Hoa Lan Viet Nam Website

Full shade Cold Fall

Common Name The Rhomboda -Like Goodyera

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in north Vietnam in primary broad-leaved evergreen forests on granite and shale at elevations of 1900-2400 as a miniature sized, cold growing terrestrial with a stem carrying 3 to 5, basal ovate, acute, velvety dark green to olive green with a distinct white median stripe, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, erect, [23 to 5 cm] long, shortly densely hairy, lax, 3 to 6 flwoered inflorescence with yellowish-hyaline, cuneate, acuminate, sub-glabrous or sparsely hairy, conduplicate floral bracts

In floral structure this species resembles Goodyera foliosa (Lindl.) Benth, but distinctly differs in twice smaller flowers, the small size of plant and in the small, dark velvety green leaves with a distinct white longitudinal median stripe.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Madagascar Vol 1 Perrier 1939 drawing good; Orchids of Madagascar Hermans, Du Puy, Cribb & Bosser 2009; Field Guide to the Orchids of Madagascar Hermans and Cribb 2009;