Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Goodyera oblongifolia Raf. image
Photographer: R.K. Kupfer           

Botanical Illustration

Hugh H. Iltis

R.K. Kupfer

R.K. Kupfer

Mark Larocque

Merel R. Black
Family Orchidaceae
Goodyera oblongifolia Raf.
giant rattlesnake-plantain, Menzies's giant rattlesnake-plantain, western rattlesnake-plantain
Goodyera: for John Goodyer (1592-1664)
oblongifolia: oblongus for "longer than wide, oblong;" folia for "leaf"
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Status: Special Concern
Plant: erect, perennial, 8"-20" tall forb; stems stout, single; from creeping rhizomes
Flower: white to greenish, 6-parted, 1/3" - 1/2" wide, beak of lip half or more as long as the body of flower; flower drawing inflorescence a 1-sided, 8"-16" tall, spike-like cluster (raceme) in a dense to loose spiral of stalked flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Leaf:basal, oblong, 2"-4" long; clasping, usually with only the midrib white
Habitat: dry to moist; coniferous forests

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Epipactis decipiens (Hook.) Ames
Goodyera decipiens (Hook.) F.T.Hubb.
Goodyera oblongifolia Raf. var. reticulata B.Boivin
Peramium decipiens (Hook.) Piper

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