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Goodyera oblongifolia (Western rattlesnake plantain)
Cressler, Alan

Goodyera oblongifolia

Goodyera oblongifolia Raf.

Western Rattlesnake Plantain, Greenleaf Rattlesnake Plantain, Green-leaved Rattlesnake Plantain

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Goodyera decipiens, Goodyera oblongifolia var. reticulata, Peramium decipiens, Peramium menziesii

USDA Symbol: GOOB2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Goodyera oblongifolia has leaves usually with only one central white vein. It is a member of the orchid family (family Orchidaceae). Orchids are perennial herbs with complicated, unusual and often beautiful flowers borne singly or in spikes, racemes, or branched clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Sometimes tinged green or brown.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , ME , MI , MT , NE , NM , OR , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY
Canada: BC , NB , NL , NS

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Goodyera oblongifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Goodyera oblongifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Goodyera oblongifolia


Record Modified: 2023-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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