Kenji Suetsugu, Associate Professor at Kobe University of Graduate School of Science, recently published detailed descriptions of the species in the online journal, Phytotaxa.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this discovery is that the two species described, Gastrodia nipponicoides and Gastrodia okinawensis, do not photosynthesise at all! They belong to a group of plants called myco-heterotrophs, which derive some or all of their nutrition from parasitising fungi.
Parasitic orchids are not unheard of, but they are incredibly illusive species because they only appear above ground very briefly when in flower.
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