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This downy rattlesnake plantain is a fascinating plant in so many ways. First off, notice the very pretty but also very tiny pearlescent flowers tucked together toward the top of a downy supporting stalk. These uncommon woodland orchids form a symbiotic mycorrhizal relationship with certain fungi in the neighborhood so they share needed nutrients and minerals. The leaves of this downy rattlesnake plantain are even more amazing than the flowers and maybe I'll post a photo later this fall since they are evergreen. The photo won't be from this particular plant though since this flowering stage signals the swan song for the leaf cluster below and the plant as we know it here is sentenced to die when it finally blooms after living many years in a vegetative state.

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) standing tall amidst the Galax. Nantahala National Forest.

 

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Fountain County, Indiana. This is the orchid Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) growing with Tree Moss (Climacium americanum). A small group of the orchids were growing out of the moss on the edge of a sandstone rock wall at just about eye level for me. The nice thing about this orchid is that the leaves are beautifully variegated so the plant looks great even when not in flower. The leaves are evergreen and can be seen throughout the year.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

several years ago the same spot produced twenty flower spikes, hopefully someday:-))

This is a picture of a downy rattlesnake plantain on the North Tract of the Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland.

Laurel Quad

Fountain County, Indiana. This is the orchid Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) growing with Tree Moss (Climacium americanum). A small group of the orchids were growing out of the moss on the edge of a sandstone rock wall at just about eye level for me. The nice thing about this orchid is that the leaves are beautifully variegated so the plant looks great even when not in flower. The leaves are evergreen and can be seen throughout the year.

An evergreen wild orchid!

Flowers are hairy with a sac-like lower lip.

Turnhole Bend

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY, USA.

 

Day trip to a couple of upstate South Carolina Heritage Preserves with my California friends, Barry Rice and Beth Salvia.

 

For the trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Day trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina in search of the Club-spur orchid. As usual, I found a great deal more than what I was initially looking for.

 

To read the trip details, please go to Jim's Blog.

Today was the big bloom of the 2020 season for Triphora trianthophoros or Three-birds orchids in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina. I also managed to locate and photograph three other native orchid species on this visit.

 

To check out the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Downy rattlesnake-plantain orchid, Sevier County, Tennessee, August 2016 I visited Tennessee for a few days and saw many new species.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Day trip to a couple of upstate South Carolina Heritage Preserves with my California friends, Barry Rice and Beth Salvia.

 

For the trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

The rising flower stalk with white flowers looks very similar to nodding ladies tresses, which grows in sunny wetlands rather than shaded moist deep-woods slopes.

It's peak blooming period in the mountains for this relatively easy to find species . Despite the common name, it's not a plantain, but an orchid.

Hiawassee, GA

Species from eastern North America

 

Common name: Downy rattlesnake plantain

 

Found while doing some back country exploring near Nail, Arkansas

 

Ozark National Forest, Newton County, Arkansas

Species from eastern North America

 

Common name: Downy rattlesnake plantain

 

Found while doing some back country exploring near Nail, Arkansas

 

Ozark National Forest, Newton County, Arkansas

This is a picture of Downy Rattlesnake Plantain at the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary in Lothian, Maryland.

Bristol Quad

Another day trip to the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County, North Carolina. I met my south Florida friend, Chris Evans for a day in the mountains, looking for orchids to photograph.

 

To see the detailed report, please click on Jim's Blog.

(Goodyera pubescens). Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee.

(Orchid Family) | Jacks River Trail, Cohutta Wilderness, North Georgia Mountains | 02 August 2013 | USDA Plant Profile

Weekend trip with my friend, Alan Cressler, to a long section of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. We were fortunate to find a number of species of orchids and milkweeds, including a rare hybrid milkweed.

 

For the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Ketchum Creek Pines

Wisconsin State Natural Area #243

 

Jackson County

Fountain County, Indiana. This is the orchid Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) growing with Tree Moss (Climacium americanum). A small group of the orchids were growing out of the moss on the edge of a sandstone rock wall at just about eye level for me. The nice thing about this orchid is that the leaves are beautifully variegated so the plant looks great even when not in flower. The leaves are evergreen and can be seen throughout the year.

Fountain County, Indiana. This is the orchid Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) growing with Tree Moss (Climacium americanum). A small group of the orchids were growing out of the moss on the edge of a sandstone rock wall at just about eye level for me. The nice thing about this orchid is that the leaves are beautifully variegated so the plant looks great even when not in flower. The leaves are evergreen and can be seen throughout the year.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, Md.

Cockeysville Quad 39076_D6

Hard to find until they bloom.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, Md.

Cockeysville Quad 39076_D6

Hard to find until they bloom.

Two days in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway in several counties of the western North Carolina mountains.

 

The wildflowers up there are just spectacular this summer -- especially the orange Turk's-cap Llies. My favorite haunts along the Parkway are the wet drip faces of the road-cut cliffs. Many beautiful and unusual wildflower species prefer these constantly damp/wet places.

 

For the complete trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Continuation of my day trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina to photograph wildflowers. I spent two additional days up there with a friend from Connecticut, Sam Saulys. She is a friend and photographer whom I met at a Native Orchid Conference many years ago.

 

For more detail about the trip, please go to Jim's Blog.

It was a fantastic day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, North Carolina. The target species to photograph was Three-birds orchid, and I had predicted its bloom perfectly. But, there were also other orchids and wildflowers to see.

 

To check out the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

Spent a long day in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC and then on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Late Summer and Fall usher in a host of colorful wildflowers, some of which (for this southern boy) are more often found much farther north. That's the very thing I like about the high elevations of the Blue Ridge Parkway in western North Carolina. That, plus the cooler mountain weather.

 

To get the full trip report, please go to Jim's Blog.

This native orchid variety, also known as downy rattlesnake plantain, grows all over our neighborhood, and it has the most gorgeous leaves.

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