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Rattlesnake Plantain

Goodyera pubescens


While this specimen was not blooming when I found it, this native orchid does produce white flowers on a spike in late summer and early fall. The common name refers to the leaves, which may seem to resemble snakeskin - a similarity that in folk medicine would suggest its use as a cure for snakebite. It prefers mildly to moderately acidic soils, such as in oak-heath forests. This specimen was spotted in an area where other native orchids, grape ferns, and club moss colonies are also well-established - this is interesting to me because all these plants rely on mycorrhizal association for germination.


USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV Canada: NB , NS , ON , QC Native Distribution: Ontario east to New Brunswick, south to Florida, west to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and north through Missouri to Minnesota. Native Habitat: Dry or moist, deciduous or coniferous woods and well-drained wooded slopes.


Spotted in Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 27, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014

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