Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Goodyera tesselata Lodd. image
Photographer: Derek Anderson           

Mark Larocque

Robert R. Kowal
Family Orchidaceae
Goodyera tesselata Lodd.
checkered rattlesnake-plantain, tesselated rattlesnake-plantain
Goodyera: for John Goodyer (1592-1664)
tesselata: tessellate or checkered, patterned like a mosaic, in allusion to the arrangement of warts on the back of the nutlets
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 5"-12" tall forb; stems single with 3-5 leaf-like bracts
Flower: 6-parted, 1/4"- 1/2" wide, beak of lip half or more as long as the body of the flower; flower drawing inflorescence a dense to loose spiral of stalked flowers along a 6"-14" spike-like cluster (raceme); blooms July-Aug.
Leaf:basal, mostly 3/4" - 2" long with white netting
Habitat: dry; woods, forests; in rich soil

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Epipactis tesselata (Lodd.) A.A.Eaton
Peramium tesselatum (Lodd.) A.Heller

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