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Rattlesnake Plantain

Goodyera pubescens


One of the most common orchids native to eastern North America - these small white flowers. 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. (You can see leaves from another specimen in my previous spotting here: )


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 along the Bear Creek Trail Ellijay GA

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Georgia, USA

Spotted on Aug 30, 2014
Submitted on Sep 12, 2014

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