Gastrodia sesamoides

Common Name:

Cinnamon Bells



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Murray Mallee, Lowan Mallee, Wimmera, Riverina, Snowfields (DEJKNPRSTVWZ) all States except NT
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Wet forest, growing in deep leaf litter 1

Flower Description:

Golden brown 1


Deciduous, saprophytic orchid to 60 cm high 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This orchid rises from tuberous rootstock. It has no leaves as it derives it nourishment from decaying organic matter. Stems are brown and curled before flowering and flowers are bell shaped and tipped white 2,1


Image: Roger Farrow

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Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.