Leafy Goodyera
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Leafy Goodyera
P Native Photo: Jambey Tsering
Common name: Leafy Goodyera
Botanical name: Goodyera foliosa    Family: Orchidaceae (Orchid family)
Synonyms: Epipactis foliosa, Georchis foliosa, Orchiodes foliosum

Leafy Goodyera is a small sized, terrestrial orchid with a long creeping stem like rhizome giving rise to an erect, leafy stem carrying obliquely ovate to elliptic-ovate, pointed to blunt, stalked base leaves. The plant blooms in the summer and fall on a at branch-ends, up to 9 cm long, densely several flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceshaped, tapering, convex, exceeding the ovary and often the flower floral bracts. Flowers open weakly, are white tinged pink, greenish white, or white, medium-sized; flower-stalk and ovary cylindric-spindle-shaped, 8-10 mm, velvet-hairy. Sepals are similar, outer surface velvet-hairy, 1-veined; dorsal sepal narrowly ovate, 5-8 x 3.5-4 mm, concave, tip blunt; lateral sepals ovate, 5-8 x 3.5-4 mm, tip blunt. Petals are rhombic, oblique, 5-8 x 3.5-4 mm, 1-veined, tip blunt. Lip is ovate, 6-8 x 3.5-4.5 mm; hypochile concave-saccate, inside papillose; epichile strap-shaped, 2-3 mm, tip slightly recurved. Leafy Goodyera is found in Eastern Himalaya, from Nepal, Bhutan, NE India to China, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Vietnam, at altitudes of 300-1500 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Jambey Tsering Photographed in Sessa, West Kameng, Arunachal Pradesh.

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