Gastrodia ballii P.J.Cribb & Browning 2010 Drawing by J Ball and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Full shade

Common Name or Meaning Ball's Gastrodia [South African Orchid Illustrator 1900's]

Flower Size .2 to .28" [5 to 7 mm]

Found in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique in damp litter on dark forest floors as a small sized mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a tuberous rhizome giving rise to an erect, 3 or so flowered inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Zambesiaca Vol 11 Orchidaceae Part 1 Pope 1995 as Didymoplexis africana in error drawing ok; Terrestrial African Orchids J S Ball 2009 drawing fide;