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Potato Orchid at Bimberi Nature Reserve

Gastrodia procera at Bimberi Nature Reserve - 12 Jan 2019

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Figured I'd take a photo of the potato orchid while Dad cleared the fallen tree from the road. :p Could this be G. surcula due to the paler flowers and slender stem?


   14 Feb 2019
I'll confirm this as G procera. Mark describes G surcula as having greyish flowers, although the colonial Tasmanian Gastrodia don't appear to have grey flowers necessarily (I have the Wapstra 2012 Tas Nat article which describes that if you'd like it). I suspect it is impossible to confirm as surcula without digging up the rhizomes.
   14 Feb 2019
I guess if it was G surcula you might expect a dense colony of them rather than a single individual.
MattM wrote:
   20 Feb 2019
Sorry for the late reply, Tobias. I would be quite interested in reading Wapstra article if you have it handy.
   21 Feb 2019
No worries. What's your email?

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • True In flower
  • 30cm to 1 metre Plant size
  • 12 Jan 2019 Recorded on
  • MattM Recorded by

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