Goodyera daibuzanensis

Other Genera Species

by Susan Taylor

Originally published in BellaOnline

Posted by Sys Admin about 9 years ago.


This article references G. daibuzanensis.
Article Blog   Article Index

Goodyera daibuzanensis is one of the popularly called Jewel Orchids known for their lovely foliage rather than for their flowers which are generally not very interesting, picture of flower. Terrarium enthusiasts use this and many other Jewel Orchid plants to add leaf color and variety to their generally plain green environments much as gardeners use outdoor plants for the same purpose.

Jewel orchids are distributed widely throughout Southeast Asia, North and South America, and Australia. They are generally terrestrial in nature, growing in leaf mold in forested areas. They are spreading plants so can be placed directly in medium in a terrarium and they will quickly spread to provide a great show. Many jewel orchids will grow when just one piece is broken off and placed in appropriate medium and these babies can be given to friends for them to enjoy.

The various sp species are found around the world, some even in the northern US where they are known to as “Rattlesnake Plantain.” Most species are native to India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Goodyera daibuzanensis is found only on Taiwan, where it is quite common in mountainous forests between 800 and 2,000 meters where it will receive a good deal of rain. It is one of the smallest of the Jewel Orchids, with leaves only 2 inches, or 5 centimeters, long. The leaves grow in a really pretty rosette fashion which shows the silver and green striping and mottling to advantage. The flower inflorescences will grow to 10 inches, or 25 centimeters, high with small white flowers which are presented with a spiral around the stem.

Grow this little orchid in a terrarium with high humidity among other similar plants. Provide good air circulation to combat the formation of mold or bacterial problems. They require low light conditions which make them very easy to maintain in a home environment. Too much light will bleach their leaves to dull colors and you will lose the lovely contrast and velvety texture for which these plants are so prized. Many terrarium growers will simply cut off any inflorescences since they are often too big for a small container and are not at all showy.

To learn more about growing in a terrarium, Growing Orchids in a Terrarium or Wardian Case. This is a form of growing that is becoming more and more popular today. An excellent source for Jewel Orchids is Hoosier Orchids.

Share on Social Media:  
Log in to Add a Comment

New Topics

  1. Kim Loan T Nguyen asked question Brassolaeliocattleyamaianh in category General Discussion
  2. Paula Milano asked question Pot. Hawaiian prominence america red orchid in category General Discussion
  3. ETHEL HAY asked question Name of this orchid in category General Discussion
  4. Joe L asked question ID of this Oncidium? in category Oncidium Alliance
  5. Edward Zapata started topic Cymbidium Helen Bannerman in category General Discussion

New Comments

  1. Jan E Teitsworth commented on topic "Can anyone identify this orchid?" by Jan E Teitsworth
  2. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Brassolaeliocattleyamaianh " by Kim Loan T Nguyen
  3. David garcia commented on member plant Myrmecophilia tibicinis stromburgkia trumpet player by David garcia
  4. Carol Holdren commented on member plant Bc. Maikai by William Gorski
  5. Joe L commented on topic "ID of this Oncidium? " by Joe L
  6. Robert H. Findlay commented on member plant Sngl. macloughlinii by Nicholas Stein
  7. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Name of this orchid" by ETHEL HAY
  8. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Pot. Hawaiian prominence america red orchid" by Paula Milano
  9. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Mystery Orchid" by David Hickman
  10. Edward Zapata commented on topic "Lady Bug or dangerous bug" by John Small
  11. Wyatt Parker commented on member plant Zygopetalum var. Big Red One by Wyatt Parker
  12. Carol Holdren commented on member plant Renantanda Sunrise 'Prasongs' by Andrew Chan
  13. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Dendrobium No I’d. HELP!" by Rae Walker
  14. Carol Holdren commented on article "CATTLEYAS: Control of Blooming Time" by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)
  15. Carol Holdren commented on member plant Lc. Nice Holiday 'Suntopia' by William Gorski
  16. Robert H. Findlay commented on topic "Phragmipedium Cape Sunset or Eric Young?" by Darrin Duling
  17. Robert H. Findlay commented on member plant Phrag. Ecuagenera Dream by Robert H. Findlay
  18. Tatjana Opekunova commented on article "CATTLEYAS: Reasons for Non-flowering" by Robert M. [Bert] Hamilton (Compiler)
  19. Carol Holdren commented on topic "Need ID, Please" by Oliver Quin Surco
  20. Sara D commented on member plant Phal. bellina var. Coerulea by Sara D