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Gastrodia sesamoides. Māikaika.

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māikaikaTaylor 1855 gives this name for all terrestrial orchids.

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The starchy tubers are similar to perei, Gastrodia cunninghamii, but smaller (up to 8 cm x 3 cm as opposed to 25 cm x 5 cm). Not recorded as being used for food by Maori, but could have been. Isaacs, quoted in Crowe 1990, says the tubers were eaten by the Aborigines of Tasmania.

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28 May 2007
1 June 2020
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