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Goodyera pubescens

Goodyera pubescens (Willd.) R. Br.

Peramium pubescens (Willd.) MacMill.

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyOrchidaceaeOrchid family
GenusGoodyeraName for botanist John Goodyer
SpeciespubescensWith soft, downy hair

About plant names...

Downy rattlesnake plantain is native to eastern North America. The name reflects the snakeskin-like network of silvery white lines that make the leaves resemble the scales of a snake. It prefers dry woods and mildly acidic soils. Technically, these are orchids, not plantains.

Plants: 8-16" (20-40 cm), woolly, evergreen. It spreads via stolons, rootlike runners. It is often nestled in moss.

Leaves: Leaves are basal, rarely more than half an inch above the ground, and oval or narrowly oval, 1¼-2½" (3.2-6.3 cm). They are dark green, with a broad white central stripe and a distinctive network of white veins.

Flowers: On cylindrical spikes, 2½-4" (6.3-10 cm) tall. (The entire plant is up to 16" (40 cm) tall.) Each flower is ¼-⅜" (6.3-9.5 mm) in size. Flowers appear May-September, mostly in late July.

Online References:

Goodyera pubescens on www.plants.usda.gov

Goodyera pubescens on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Goodyera pubescens on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Goodyera pubescens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 378

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/27/2016 · Williams Barn and Sørhaug Woods, Groton, MA

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/14/2013 · Beaver Brook Assn Conservation Lands, Rte. 130, Hollis, NH
≈ 7 × 6" (18 × 15 cm)

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

5/15/1991 · King George, VA · By Tim Chandler

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

6/26/2017 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, MA
≈ 8 × 6" (19 × 15 cm)

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

6/26/2017 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, MA
≈ 4 × 3" (10 × 8 cm)

Goodyera pubescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 27 Jun 2017.

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Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/27/2016 · Williams Barn and Sørhaug Woods, Groton, MA

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/27/2016 · Williams Barn and Sørhaug Woods, Groton, MA

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/27/2016 · Williams Barn and Sørhaug Woods, Groton, MA

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

8/27/2016 · Williams Barn and Sørhaug Woods, Groton, MA

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

5/23/2016 · Wildflower Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH

Goodyera pubescens (Downy Rattlesnake Plantain, Downy Rattlesnake Orchid)

5/23/2016 · Wildflower Trail, Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH

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