(pronounced: kam-ee-gas-TROH-dee-ah)


Cranichideae subtribe Goodyerinae


Leafless saprophytes, without chlorophyll. Stems unbranched, covered with scale-like bracts, without roots. Inflorescences pedunculate racemes. Flowers not resupinate. Sepals and petals free, spreading. Lip unlobed or bilobed, tubular at the base, sessile, sometimes with small basal glandular callus. Column short, without a foot, with small apical wings, the anther stalked; pollinia 2, granular, naked.


From the Greek, chamai, meaning lowly, and Gastrodia, a genus of orchids, referring to the plants resembling a miniature version of a Gastrodia.


A genus of five species found from India and southern China to Vietnam and Japan.

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Christenson, E. A. 1995. Nomenclature notes: treatment of Chamaegastrodia. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 64(3):268-269.

Joseph, J. and N. R. Abbareddy 1983 (1985), Evrardia asraoa Joseph & Abbareddy, a new species from Khasia Hills, Meghalaya. Bull. Bot. Surv. India 25(1-4):232-234.

Seidenfaden, G. 1994. The genus Chamaegastrodia (Orchidaceae). Nordic J. Bot. 14:293-301.