Goodyera repens (L.) R. Br. - Lesser Rattlesnake Plantain


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Goodyera repens - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Orchidaceae


Dry or wet woods, mostly under conifers.




Circumboreal, in North America south to NY, MI, and MN, south in mountains to NC.


Perennial herb to 20 cm; scape with 2-4(-5) bracts; leaf blades ovate or oblong, 1-3 cm, dark blue-green, in eastern North America usually white-reticulate, the midrib and veins typically green, but the lateral and cross-veins bordered with white or pale green; inflorescence loose, spirally secund, 3-6 cm long; galea 3-5.5 mm; lip 3-4 mm, deeply saccate, with prominent, slender, abruptly deflexed beak-tip with spreading margins; rostellar beak 0.2-0.6 mm, scarcely prolonged beyond the blunt anther.


Flowers July or August

Wetland indicator: FACU

Might be confused with G. tesselata which usually has larger leaves a more shallowly saccate lip.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


USDA, NRCS. 2002.
The PLANTS Database, Version 3.5 (
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.



 Michael Hough 2018