Chamaegastrodia inverta (W.W.Sm.) Seidenf. 1994

Photo by Jin Xiaohua,

Drawing Drawing by Seidenfaden

Common Name The Inverted Chamaegastrodia

Flower Size

Found in western Sichuan and Yunnan provinces of China in montane evergreen forests on slopes at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing mycoheterotropic terrestrial with a stout, fleshy rhizome giving rise to an erect, pale brownish yellow stem carrying a few brownish yellow scales that blooms in the summer on an erect, peduncle 1 to 3.8" [2.5 to 9.5 cm] long, unbranched, rachis 1 to 2.2" [2.5 to 5.5 cm] long, few to more than to 10 flowered inflorescence with ovate-lanceolate, galbrous, acuteslightly shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers at the apex.

Synonyms Evrardianthe inverta (W.W.Sm.) Rauschert 1983; Hetaeria inverta (W.W.Sm.) Schltr. 1924; *Zeuxine inverta W.W.Sm. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 3 1995 drawing fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Flora of China Illustrations Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide