Gastrodia gracilis Blume 1856

Plant in situ Japan

Photos by B K F Forest Herbarium and The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Website

Full shade Cool Cold LATESpring EARLYSummer

Common Name or Meaning The Graceful Gastrodia - In Japan Nayo-tenma

Flower Size .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm long]

Found in Honshu Japan and central and northern Taiwan in wet montane evergreen broadleaf forests at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cool to cold growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, long pedunculate, 5 to 15 flowered inflorescence with ovate to elliptic, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts

Synonyms Gastrodia dioscoreirrhiza Hayata 1916; Gastrodia taiwaniana Fukuy. 1934; Leptogastrodia gracilis (Blume) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2019

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009