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Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain
Goodyera oblongifolia

Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia) Other common names: Giant Rattlesnake Plantain, Menzie's Rattlesnake Plantain

Other scientific names: Epipactis decipiens, Goodyera menziesii, Spiranthes decipiens

French names: Goodyérie à feuilles oblongues

Family: Orchid Family (Orchidaceae)

Group: Orchids, Rattlesnake Plantains

Distinctive features: Basal rosette of small green leaves with stripe. Deep woods.

Similar species:
  •   Dwarf Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera repens)

Flowers: Summer;  Green/Brown;  Irregular flowers

Leaves: Only leaves are in a bassal rosette. Green leaves, each with a whitish stripe down the middle. Smooth.

Height: 20-40 cm (8-16 in)

Habitat: Forests;  Deep woods. Shade.

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 24    Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 18    ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 93   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Uncommon.

Photographs: 420 photographs available, of which 4 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

The rosette of leaves. These are the only leaves this plant has. The leaves are smooth, green, with a whitish stripe along the middle.

Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

Closeup of the leaves.

Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

Flowers all done blooming. This photo was taken the 3rd week of August on the Bruce Peninsula.

Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

Spent flowers up close. This orchid grows in the deep woods.

Range map for Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)