Gastrodia falconeri D.L.Jones & M.A.Clem. 1998

Plant in situ India


Drawing by Lindley as Gamoplexis orobanchoides and The Plant Illustration Website

Full shade Cold Summer

Common Name or Meaning Falconer's Gastrodia [English Botanist and Director of Calcutta Botanical Garden 1800's]

Flower Size

Found in Pakistan and the western Himalayas at elevations of 2100 to 3000 meters as a medium to large sized, cold growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a globose tuber giving rise to an erect, stout, 10 to 24" [25 to 60 cm] long stem with distant, short, loose, lowest almost truncate, the upper ones acute to acuminate sheaths that blooms in the summer on an erect, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate, acuminate, often longer than the ovary floral bracts

Synonyms Gamoplexis orobanchoides Falc. 1847; Gastrodia orobanchoides (Falc.) Hook.f. 1894

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of the Sikkim Himalaya King and Pantling 1898 as G orobanchoides; The Orchids of Northwestern Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906 as G orobanchoides drawing fide; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 as G orobranchoides drawing fide; Orchids of the North-Western Himalayas Duthiue 1900 as G orobanchoides drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide