Goodyera pubescens
Rattlesnake plantain

Goodyera pubescens
Goodyera pubescens
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Botanical name: Goodyera pubescens
Common name: Rattlesnake plantain
Group: monocot
Family: Orchidaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 6-18"
Foliage: broad, rounded basal leaves with silver markings on leaves and a stripe down the leaf center; leaves are evergreen, lasting up to four years
Flower: 1/4" white flowers, Dense raceme
Flowering time: late July-early August
Habitat: dry or moist, rich woods
Range in New Jersey: northern counties, less common southward in the upper Middle district and in southern Cape May County.
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. USDA lists as Facultative upland, Usually occurs in non-wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found on wetlands (estimated probability 1%-33%).

Often colonial, somewhat repent. Leaves dark green above with 5-7 white nerves (midnerve broad), and many fine white reticulating veins.

Leaves persist through winter and are quite attractive.

Species name "pubescens" means pubescent, or downy.