Menzie's Rattlesnake Plantain
With last year's seed pod
Goodyera oblongifolia (Rattlesnake Plantain)
About seven plants growing in close proximity.
Elevation 1280 meters (4200 feet)
Mount Townsend ( Trail 839)
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District
Growing in the moist litter atop a downed log in a wet, red cedar dominated mature forest. Along the Salmon River Trail.
Western rattlesnake plantain orchid.
Goodyera oblongifolia is a species of orchid known by the common names western rattlesnake plantain and giant rattlesnake plantain. It is native to much of North America, particularly the western side of the continent from Alaska to Mexico, and to eastern Canada. It is most commonly found in mountain forests, often in the understory of conifers. This orchid forms a patch of broad lance-shaped to oval-shaped leaves at the ground, each 4 to 9 centimeters long....