|Scientific Name||Goodyera oblongifolia||USDA PLANTS Symbol||GOOB2|
|Common Name||Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid, Rattlesnake Plantain, Western Rattlesnake Plantain||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||43593|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (6000 to 10700 ft.); streamsides and shaded forests, especially conifer understory.
Plant: Erect perennial 6 to 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Basal rosette of elliptic to lanceolate leaves with pointed tips, dark green with white midrib and often white veins; 1 to 4 inches long.
Inflorescence: Densely to loosely spiraled or one-sided spike of 10 to 30 small, orchid blossoms with short, erect hairs; flowers have greenish sepals and white petals whose apex looks like a spout.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Orchids of Colorado by Scott Smith, and Flora of North America.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County