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OrchidGastrodia surcula

Snowgum potato orchid at Namadgi National Park

Gastrodia surcula at Namadgi National Park - 26 Dec 2014

Identification history

Orchid Gastrodia surcula 2 Sep 2015 TonyWood
Orchid Gastrodia sesamoides 2 Sep 2015 MattM

Author's notes

Seen at the base of a snow gum on the edge of the ski run just down from the Ginini Flats car park. I have added a band-aid to cover a wound which I believe unwise to show.


TonyWood wrote:
   2 Sep 2015
I think it is more likely to be G. surcula, based on where found. G. sesamoides not found above 1000m. Can't easily distinguish the two without digging it up!
MattM wrote:
   2 Sep 2015
Interesting. Out of the three gastrodias in your book, I decided this was the least likely. I suppose it can be hard when the plant hasn't flowered yet. Also, it is entirely likely that it has been dug up by now. During a school trip earlier that year, we noted just how much the feral pigs had churned up the ground.
TonyWood wrote:
   2 Sep 2015
Prior to flowering, the flower stem of S. sesamoides is nodding giving the appearance of a shepherd's crook. The tubers of Gastrodia are quite succulent and attractive to feral pigs which cause a lot of damage to montane swamps.

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Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 26 Dec 2014 Recorded on
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