North Carolina and other Wildflowers

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Orchidaceae > Goodyera (rattlesnake-plantain)

Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens) Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 Sep 2012

Common statewide in North Carolina in forested habitats, and also known as Downy Rattlesnake-Plantain, this orchid is distinctive even when not in flower.

Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens) Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 Sep 2012

Old flowering stalk with ripening fruits. When ripe, fruits will become little capsules with hundreds of tiny, dust-like seeds.

Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens) Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens)
Buncombe Co., NC
8 Sep 2012


The following species are not found in North Carolina

Western Rattlesnake-plantain, Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia) Western Rattlesnake-plantain, Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)
Clearwater Co., ID
12 May 2010

Widespread in northern and western North America.

Western Rattlesnake-plantain, Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia) Western Rattlesnake-plantain, Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera oblongifolia)
Clearwater Co., ID
12 May 2010

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Annotated habitat and distribution information listed above is from Radford, Ahles, & Bell. 1968. Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas. UNC Press; and from personal observations and discussions with Will Cook, Harry LeGrand, and Bob Wilbur. Common names from personal experience and supplemented by the following resources USDA plants website, Flora of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, and NatureServe.


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