Gastrodia sesamoides
 

 

Gastrodia sesamoides
Potato Orchid   Perei
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PLANT: Erect stem up to 1 metre high and 2-7mm in diameter. Stout or slender. Swollen underground rhizomes to 8 x 3cm.

LEAVES: No leaves, only scale leaves widely spaced up the stem.

FLOWERS: Up to 20 flowers or more per stem. Each 1 - 1.5cm in length. Drooping. Outer surface smooth, coloured light brown to white. Inside of the flower white. Labellum to 10mm long, the tip near the opening of the lateral sepals. Labellum white with a yellow tip. Column visible, similar in length to the labellum.

FLOWERING TIME: October - January.

HABITAT: Lowland to low - subalpine. Open forests and scrub.
Exotic Pine plantations.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Not Threatened.

NOTES: Occasionally grows in gardens and traffic islands where Pine bark has been used as a mulch. May only flower at 2 - 3 year intervals.
     
     
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