Dusky Goodyera
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Dusky Goodyera
ative Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Dusky Goodyera
Botanical name: Goodyera fusca    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Orchiodes fuscum, Hetaeria fusca, Epipactis fusca

Dusky Goodyera is a terrestrial orchid, 10-22 cm tall. Rhizome is short, few noded. Stem is erect, 1-3 cm, 5-8-leaved. Leaves are in a rosette at the base of stem, green, without white markings, ovate or ovate-elliptic, 1.5-3.5 × 0.8-2 cm, tip blunt or pointed, stalk-like base and tubular sheath 0.8-1.8 cm. The stalk carrying the flower-spike is pale green, 4.5-9 cm, sparsely velvety, with 1-3 sterile bracts. Rachis is 3-9 cm, densely many flowered, sometime one-sided. Floral bracts are ovate- lanceshaped or lanceshaped, 6-10 mm, basal ones exceeding flowers, velvety, tip long-pointed. Flowers are opening weakly, white flushed with pale green, small. Dusky Goodyera is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Bhutan, N. Burma, S.E. Tibet, at altitudes of 2600-4700 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Sunit Singh, Krishan Lal Photographed in Uttarakhand & Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.

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