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Potato Orchid

Gastrodia cunninghamii


A rather unusual orchid in that it is parasitic and has no chlorophyll of its own and is incapable of photosynthesis. The colour of the plant is often brown and white in parts of the flowers.


Likes the dark areas in the forest so definitly beneath the canopy. This is also what makes it so difficult to photograph.

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MikeLoose 10 years ago

They are very different and can be very difficult to see.

ceherzog 10 years ago

That is definitely bizarre...flower looks more like a cashew

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Southland, New Zealand

Spotted on Dec 11, 2009
Submitted on Dec 12, 2011

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