Goodyera fusca (Lindl.) Hook.f. 1890 SECTION Goodyera

Photo by Naresh Swami

Plant and Flowers in situ

Photo by Krishan Lal and The Flowers of India Website


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

Full shadeColdLATER Summer EARLY fall

Common Name The Somber-Brown Goodyera [refers to the inflorescence color]

Flower Size .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm]

Found in the western Himalayas, the Chinese Himalayas, Assam, the eastern Himalayas, Nepal and Myanmar in peaty soil among dwarf rhodenendrons in moss banks, on open hillsides on rocks and on cliffs at elevations around 3600 to 5170 meters as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a glabrous stem with a cluster of several oblong, acute, leaf-like bracts above, below, thick, fleshy, 5 veined, margins revolute, narrowing below into the broad petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer and early fall on a compact, pubescent, brown-scaly, not secund, 2 to 4.4" long, densely many flowered inflorescence with boat-shaped, ovate-oblong, sub-acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Cystorchis fusca (Lindl.) Benth. & Hook.f. 1883; Epipactis fusca (Lindl.) A.A.Eaton 1908; *Hetaeria fusca Lindl.1840; Orchiodes fuscum (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Vol 22 Hooker 1894 drawing fide; The Orchids of Sikkim-Himalaya Part 1 King & Pantling 1898 drawing fide; The Orchids of North-Western Himalaya Vol IX Part II Duthie 1906; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1927; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Indian Orchids, Guide to Identification and Culture Pradhan 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of north West Himalayas Deva & Naithani 1986 drawing fide; Orchids of Kumaun Himalayas Pangtey, Samant and Rawat 1991; The Orchids of Bhutan Pearce & Cribb 2002 photo ok; Flora of China Vol 25 Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2009; Native Orchids From Gaoligongshan Mountains, China Xiaohua, Xiaodong and Xiaochun 2009; Flora of China Vol 25 Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven & Deyuan 2010 drawing fide; A review on Spiranthoideae genera in Arunachal Pradesh Bulletin of Arunachal Forest Research 27 (1&2) : 1-33, Rao 2011; LANKESTERIANA 15(1): 750. Jeewan Singh Jalal & J. Jayanthi 2015 photo fide; Terrestrial Orchids Swami 2016 photo fide; Orchids of Sikkim and Northeast India Pradhan 2016 Photo Fide; Lankesteriana Vol 18 [2]: 151-154 2018 photo fide