Last week I came across this sweet looking Orchid in Allegany State Park and just knew this was something special. Our first investigation made us believe it was the Checkered Rattlesnake Orchid but a few of the leaves on the plant and the flower alignment were off some . . . . just maybe this is a Dwarf Rattlesnake Orchid?? I sent an email to our State Park Botanist.
Kim stated that “I’m pretty sure this is the Downy Rattlesnake Orchid (Goodyera pubescens). This link to the Connecticut Botanical Society has some good photos and description, as well as a comparison with the Checkered Rattlesnake Orchid. Check out the white stripe down the center of the leaves, and the dense, cylindrical inflorescence (downy) compared to no stripe on the leaves and a looser, spiralling inflorescence (checkered).”
This is a SWEET finding such a cool wildflower!
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