New Gastrodia orchids

The great Australian website Garden Drum has posted a news story about the discovery on Okinawa Island in Japan of two new parasitic orchids which have been named Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis.

Like New Zealand’s native Gastrodia orchids, these two don’t have foliage but instead gain nutrients from a relationship with underground fungus which themselves take what they need from trees.

The orchids were discovered in March 2012 and named by Professor Kenji Suetsugu of Kobe University’s Graduate School of Science.  Read more and see photos of the newly named orchids here.

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