Goodyera similis Blume 1858

Plant and Flowers in situ Japan

Photos by Hisanori Takeuchi and his Orchids of the World Website

Common Name The Similar Goodyera - In Japan - Shusu-ran - In China Rong Ye Ban Ye Lan

Flower Size 1/4" [8 mm]

Found in Japan, Korea, The Ryukyu Islands, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Sichuan, Yunnan and Hainan provinces of China as well as Taiwan in montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a slender, decumbent rhizome giving rise to an erect, leafy below stem carrying oblong-elliptic to ovate-elliptic, acute, abruptly contracted into a green with a broad white stripe, short, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, peduncle deep reddish brown, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, pubescent, provided with 2 to 3 sterile bracts, rachis 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long, laxly 6 to 15 flowered inflorescence with reddish brown, linear-lanceolate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Epipactis velutina (Maxim. ex Regel) A.A.Eaton 1908; Goodyera morrisonicola Hayata 1911; Goodyera schlechtendaliana f. similis (Blume) Makino 1905; Goodyera schlechtendaliana var. velutina (Maxim. ex Regel) M.Hiroe 1971; Goodyera similis var. albonervosa (T.P.Lin & Y.N.Chang) T.P.Lin 2016; Goodyera velutina Maxim. ex Regel 1867; Goodyera velutina var. albonervosa T.P.Lin & Y.N.Chang 2013; *Orchiodes velutinum (Maxim. ex Regel) Kuntze 1891; Peramium morrisonicola (Hayata) Makino 1929; Peramium schlechtendalianum f. simile (Blume) Makino 1929; Peramium velutinum (Maxim. ex Regel) Makino 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchideologiae Sino-Japonicae Prodromus Schlechter 1919 as G morrisonicola; Orchideologiae Sino-Japonicae Prodromus Schlechter 1919 as G velutina; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 As G velutina drawing ok; Orchids of Southern Ryukyu Islands Garay & Sweet 1974 as G velutina; Native Orchids of Taiwan Lin 1975 as G velutina Drawing/photo fide; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995 as G velutina; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #1 2001 leaf onlyphoto fide; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2009 as G velutina; Flora of China Vol 25 Orchidaceae Illustrations Zhengyi, Raven and Duyuan 2010 as G velutina drawing fide; The Atlas of Wild Orchids in Hainan Island, China Shenyan and Junmei 2010 as G velutina photo plant only; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #8 2014 drawing fide; The Wild Orchids of Taiwan Lin & Wang 2014 as G velutina photos fide; Atlas of Native Orchids of China Vol 1 Jin Xiaohua, Li Jianwu and Ye Deping 2019 photo fide as G velutina