Understory orchid with greenish flowers and white-veined leaves.
Common name: Rattle - snake Plantain
Circular arrangement of leaves.
dark green, thick
thick stripes in white resembling the veins, heaving along the midrib of leaf.
Found at Staircase, Olympic national park
Dark green leaves with white strips down the middle
In shade near road. Next to gate, Bolinas Ridge Trail near intersection of Fairfax-Bolinas and Ridgecrest Rd.
Here are some Goodyera oblongifolia or Rattlesnake-plantain in bloom. (My photos don't do this plant justice!) The leaves look like snakeskin, and they send up a tall, beige shoot with multiple flowers. I saw dozens today by the path in a mixed conifer forest.
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....