Mycoheterotrophic Plants

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Gastrodia abscondita J.J.Smith 1903

This species was first described by Smith (1903) from specimens collected in West Jawa. Smith (1903) stated a close relation to G. verrucosa but G. abscondita can be differentiated by the bigger flowers and different colours of the gymnostemum and labellum. Furthermore, G. abscondita is distinguished by a deep cut between the paired sepals, the petals are elongated and the gymnostemum is straight. G. abscondita grows in bamboo forests and the pedicel elongats when ripe, similar to species of Didymoplexis. Smith (1903) noted that this is also seen in G. verrucosa, but not in the majority of Gastrodia species. Until today, G. abscondita has only been recorded from Jawa and is an endemic species (POWO 2021). Clements & Jones (2019, not available in Germany) proposed a new classification for the genus Gastrodia and transferred this species to Demorchis. This proposal is not accepted by WCSP (2021).

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith