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OrchidGastrodia procera

Potato Orchid at Namadgi National Park

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Gastrodia procera at Namadgi National Park - 12 Jan 2019
Gastrodia procera at Namadgi National Park - 12 Jan 2019
Gastrodia procera at Namadgi National Park - 12 Jan 2019

Identification history

Orchid Gastrodia procera 12 Feb 2019 TobiasHayashi
Orchid Gastrodia sp. 12 Jan 2019 MattM


   12 Feb 2019
The tall Gastrodias with crowded flowers in the montane regions of the ACT are now considered to be G procera. G sesamoides is thought to occur occasionally around Canberra itself, and is shorter and less robust, with pale, stubby flowers.
MattM wrote:
   12 Feb 2019
When I bumped into Cath today she was saying that G. surcula is now considered to be G. procera. Does that mean G. surcula is no longer regarded as a separate species?
CathB wrote:
   12 Feb 2019
No, just that it can’t be identified from photos.
   12 Feb 2019
Hey Matt. G surcula is still considered to be a separate species, however it appears quite uncommon locally and is quite difficult to tell apart from G procera. Cath and I were talking about this with Mark today, perhaps she meant to say G entomogama is now considered to be G procera?
MattM wrote:
   12 Feb 2019
So G. entomogama is no longer regarded as a separate species? But they all look so similar! Let's all throw phylogeny out the window, call them all Gastrodia potatoeoides, call it a day and head to the pub!
   13 Feb 2019
Haha I don't disagree with you there Matt! Yeah, there is a synopsis of Gastrodia and related genera in the latest Australian Orchid Review, I'm not sure whether it explicitly talks about G entomogama being put into G procera, but G entomogama doesn't feature any more.

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  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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