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Goodyera repens

Lesser Rattlesnake-orchid, Lesser Rattlesnake-plaintain

Scientific Name:

Goodyera repens

Genus:

Goodyera

Species Epithet:

repens

Common Name:

Lesser Rattlesnake-orchid, Lesser Rattlesnake-plaintain

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Green

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Moist forests, usually under conifers and rhododendrons (Weakley 2015). Uncommon in NC mountains.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Evergreen

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled, S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

NC Natural Heritage Program rank: S2S3.

Plants with Blooms

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David McAdoo

Bloom Close Up

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David McAdoo

Leaves

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David McAdoo

G. repens - G pubescens Comparison

David McAdoo - Tom Harville

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Unusually Large Cluster of Plants

Madison County

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©2013 Photo by Don Barnett

We found these healthy plants today on Silvermine Creek Trail (through that beautiful little creek gorge) about halfway up (to the A.T.). We don't see this plant. Almost never. It had bloomed. and not far was a very healthy colony of Goodyera pubescens. Will keep an eye on it in the future. The habitat was as would be expected from the descriptions I've read. Old, mature trees, etc. I have not seen that dense a colony of this plant. It is not unusual to see G. pubescence like that but not this one.

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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