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.
Mt. Judah Loop trail
Goodyera oblongifolia (Rattlesnake Plantain)
Elevation 1170 meters (3840 feet)
Mount Townsend ( Trail 839)
Olympic National Forest, Hood Canal Ranger District
David Greenberger, Ashley Williams, Ben Lavender, Janet Klein, Courtney Gattuso, Marguerite Murphy
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....