(pronounced: gas-TROH-dee-ah)


Gastrodieae subtribe Gastrodiinae


From the Greek gastrodes, meaning pot-bellied, referring to the flower shape.


A genus of about 16 species in tropical Asia and the islands of the Pacific Ocean.

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Campbell, W. O. 1964. The fungal association in a colony of Gastrodia sesamoides R. Br. Trans. Royal Soc. New Zealand 2:237-246.

Carr, G. W. 1991. New taxa in Caladenia R. Br., Chiloglottis R. Br. and Gastrodia R. Br. (Orchidaceae) from south-eastern Australia. Indig. Flora and Fauna Assoc., Misc. Pap. 1.

Falconer, H. 1847. Account of Gamoplexis, an undescribed genus of Orchidaceous plants. Trans. Linn. Soc. 20:293-296.

Jones, D. L. 1985. The pollination of Gastrodia sesamoides R. Br. in southern Victoria. Victorian Nat. 102:52-54.

Jones, D. L. and M. A. Clements 1998. A new combination in Cheirostylis from Vanuatu and New Caledonia and a new name for a Gastrodia from India and Pakistan. Orchadian 12(8):350-351.

Joseph, J., N. R. Abbareddy and K. Haridasan 1980(1982). Gastrodia exilis J. D. Hook., a rare and interesting orchid from Khasi and Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, India. Bull. Bot. Soc. India 22(1-4):203-205.

Khan, M. S. and M. Halim 1989. Gastrodia zeylanica Schlechter (Orchidaceae), a new angiospermic record for Bangladesh. Bangladesh J. Bot. 18:103-115.

Lavarack, B., R. Mackay, and S. Pearson 1996. Gastrodia urceolata D. Jones -- some notes on a rare species. Orchadian 11(11):516-517.

Williams, L. O. 1942. A new Gastrodia from Netherlands New Guinea. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 11(6):210-211.

Yamashita, I. 1982. Lecanorchids and Gastrodias of western Enshu District, centering around Hamamatsu. Enshu no Shizen 5:25-37.

Yang, S.-H. 1982. Studies on the development of the flower in Gastrodia elata Bl. Acta Bot. Sinica 24:21-27.