Gastrodia taiensis Tuyama 1941

Drawing by Seidenfaden and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Lao Cai Gastrodia [An area of northern Vietnam]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in northern Vietnam in primary broadleaved, evergreen shady forests in silicate solis at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a small sized, cool growing mycoheterotrophic terrestrial with a fusiform, pubescent tuber with small scales giving rise to an erect, fleshy, glabrous stem with distant tubular scale-like sheeaths that blooms in the late spring on an erect, rachis .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, 2 to 3 flowered inflorescence with membraneous, broadly lanceolate to narrowly obovate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying campanulate, light yellowish to almost white flowers.

Synonyms Leptogastrodia taiensis (Tuyama) M.A.Clem. & D.L.Jones 2019

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Identification of the Orchids [Orchidaceae Juss.] Vietnam Averyanov 1994; Turczaninowia 2011, 14(2) : 15100 Averyanov 2011 drawing fide