(Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid)

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5402

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9249

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5417

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9271

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Lower Cataract Lake, Summit Co. 5399

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Goodyera oblongifolia, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 9281

Scientific Name Goodyera oblongifolia USDA PLANTS Symbol GOOB2
Common Name Rattlesnake Plantain Orchid, Rattlesnake Plantain, Western Rattlesnake Plantain ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 43593
Family Orchidaceae (Orchid) SEINet
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Description 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.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County