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Dieter H. Wilken and William F. Jennings

Perennial, terrestrial in CA, some nongreen, generally from rhizomes
Leaves linear to ± round or scale-like, generally sessile
Inflorescence: generally raceme or spike, bracted
Flower bisexual, bilateral, sometimes spurred; sepals generally 3, generally petal-like, generally free, uppermost generally erect; petals 3, lowest different ("lip"); stamen generally 1, fused with style and stigma into column, pollen generally sticky, generally removed as sessile anther sacs; ovary inferior, generally twisted 180° (so lip appears to be lowest perianth segment), 1-chambered, placentas 3, parietal; stigmas 3, generally under column tip
Fruit: capsule
Seeds very many, minute
Genera in family: ± 800 genera, ± 18,000 species: especially tropical (worldwide except deserts). Many cultivated for ornamental, especially Cattelya, Cymbidium, Epidendrum, Oncidium, Paphiopedalum; Vanilla planifolia fruits used as source of food flavoring
Reference: [Luer 1975 Orchids US and Can, NY Bot Garden; Coleman 1995 Wild Orchids of California, Cornell Univ.]
Nongreen plants derive nutrition through fungal intermediates.


Rhizomes slender
Stem ± scapose
Leaves: basal in rosettes, blades tapered to base, white-veined to -mottled; cauline bract-like
Inflorescence: flowers ± 1-sided or in spiral ranks; flower bract ± = flower
Flower: sepals ± equal, ± enclosing column and lip, upper adherent to lateral petals, forming a hood, lower sepals spreading to reflexed; lateral petals fused; lip generally pouch-like below middle, deeply grooved to tip; column beaked
Fruit ascending to erect
Species in genus: ± 25 species: especially temp n hemisphere, also tropical
Etymology: (John Goodyer, English botanist, 1592–1664)
Reference: [Ackerman 1975 Madroño 23:191–198]


G. oblongifolia Raf.


Plant 18–35 cm
Leaves: basal 4–9 cm, lanceolate to widely elliptic, midrib white-striped, veins net-like, white; cauline 2–5 on lower stem
Inflorescence dense; bracts 7–11 mm, generally < flowers
Flower white; upper sepal 6–11 mm, lower sepals 5–9 mm, ± round; lip 6–10 mm, beaked; column 3–5 mm
Chromosomes: 2n=22
Ecology: Dry coniferous forest, in decomposing leaf litter
Elevation: 500–2200 m.
Bioregional distribution: Northwestern California, Cascade Range, n&c High Sierra Nevada, sw San Francisco Bay Area, Modoc Plateau
Distribution outside California: to Alaska, e N.America, Mexico
Horticultural information: SHD, IRR, DRN, acidic soil: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17; usually DFCLT.

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