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Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera pubescens An evergreen orchid with horizontal rhizomes that grow low to the ground. The roots have a mycorrhizal relationship with fungi, which helps the plant acquire moisture and &shy;nutrients, while the plant provides the products of its photosynthesis to the fungus. The green, variegated leaves are quite striking and resemble the skin of a snake, hence the common name. Leaves are present year-round and grow as a basal rosette. The inflorescence stems are densely downy. The flower stalks produce numerous small, white flowers in a terminal spike. <br />
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Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest<br />
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Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest<br />
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Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest<br />
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Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera pubescens

An evergreen orchid with horizontal rhizomes that grow low to the ground. The roots have a mycorrhizal relationship with fungi, which helps the plant acquire moisture and ­nutrients, while the plant provides the products of its photosynthesis to the fungus. The green, variegated leaves are quite striking and resemble the skin of a snake, hence the common name. Leaves are present year-round and grow as a basal rosette. The inflorescence stems are densely downy. The flower stalks produce numerous small, white flowers in a terminal spike.

Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera pubescens An evergreen orchid with horizontal rhizomes that grow low to the ground. The roots have a mycorrhizal relationship with fungi, which helps the plant acquire moisture and ­nutrients, while the plant provides the products of its photosynthesis to the fungus. The green, variegated leaves are quite striking and resemble the skin of a snake, hence the common name. Leaves are present year-round and grow as a basal rosette. The inflorescence stems are densely downy. The flower stalks produce numerous small, white flowers in a terminal spike. <br />
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Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83096/downy_rattlesnake_plantain_-_goodyera_pubescens.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83097/downy_rattlesnake_plantain_-_goodyera_pubescens.html Downy rattlesnake plantain,Geotagged,Goodyera,Goodyera pubescens,Summer,United States

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera pubescens An evergreen orchid with horizontal rhizomes that grow low to the ground. The roots have a mycorrhizal relationship with fungi, which helps the plant acquire moisture and ­nutrients, while the plant provides the products of its photosynthesis to the fungus. The green, variegated leaves are quite striking and resemble the skin of a snake, hence the common name. Leaves are present year-round and grow as a basal rosette. The inflorescence stems are densely downy. The flower stalks produce numerous small, white flowers in a terminal spike. <br />
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Habitat: Growing throughout a deciduous forest<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83097/downy_rattlesnake_plantain_-_goodyera_pubescens.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83094/downy_rattlesnake_plantain_-_goodyera_pubescens.html Downy rattlesnake plantain,Geotagged,Goodyera pubescens,Summer,United States

    comments (10)

  1. Not really seeing the snake reference, but it's Monday. Looks more like a pine cone to me. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Regardless of the day of the week, it's definitely pinecone-ish. It's the leaves that are said to resemble snake skin:

      Downy Rattlesnake Plantain - Goodyera pubescens Green variegated leaves. it was approximately 12-13 cm in size.<br />
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Habitat: Growing at the base of an oak tree in a deciduous forest. Downy rattlesnake plantain,Geotagged,Goodyera pubescens,Summer,United States


      Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
    2. Yes, the leaves are snake skin-esque. Also, the spire is like the rattler of the rattlesnake perhaps (even moreso when not in bloom)? Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
      1. Sorry Lisa, I was trying to take revenge on Christine for that one time she stole my thunder of an epic bird observation:

        Scaled Fruiteater (snakebird), Rio Ñambi, Colombia Here comes snakebird, a glorious birding highlight of our 2018 trip. Glorious for its beauty, our stupendous luck, and a great opportunity for me to be a smug "told ya" jackass.<br />
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Two days earlier, still at La Planada, we were given bird booklets of this place, Rio Ñambi. The booklet featured a few dozen birds known to occur in Rio Ñambi, so that we could anticipate them and think of targets. <br />
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Given my complete incompetence at birding (I really have no idea what I'm doing), I was basically just looking at whichever I found most attractive. Attractive to me strongly correlates to unusual. Weird, unlike anything else, is what I seek.<br />
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It didn't take long for me to obsess over a single bird: the scaled fruiteater. It has a feather pattern that looks like a snake, I don't know of any other bird remotely similar. What more can you ask of a bird? Tunnel vision set in, and I dismissed birds far more rare. <br />
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After announcing my desired target to several people, I was met with either silence or laughter. Nobody said why. I got the message and figured I picked an unrealistic target. Manuel picked a list of "real" targets, this time based on actual competence.<br />
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I kept occassionally dropping the hint for 2 days in a row but now as a joke, a joke that quickly was getting old.<br />
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Until...a bird landed on a branch straight in front of us. Out of the blue, without playback. This in itself rarely happens in forests. It was quite close, at about 8-10m. It was perched and didn't make an attempt to immediately flee. This forest is so dark though that all I could see was a dark silhouette. Only super bright binoculars from Manuel and some flash by myself revealed the identity of our unexpected guest.<br />
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Stupendous luck, but oh did it feel right. It's not just a gorgeous and unusual bird to see, its behavior is a joy to experience. Very dog-like, where it tilts its head in curiosity. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79103/scaled_fruiteater_snakebird_-_side_view_rio_ambi_colombia.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79104/scaled_fruiteater_snakebird_-_full_scene_rio_ambi_colombia.html Ampelioides tschudii,Colombia,Colombia 2018,Colombia South,Fall,Geotagged,Rio Ñambi,Scaled fruiteater,South America

        This was my attempt at revenge. It still hurts.
        Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
        1. Ferdy, I love that pinecone bird! I'm so glad you brought it up <3. Posted 4 months ago
          1. But, these flowers do also resemble a pinecone, just like your bird. Posted 4 months ago
            1. I will stop taking pine cone references serious for people speaking a language that cannot even get the word "ananas" straight like the rest of the world can. Posted 4 months ago
              1. Oh, yay! Thanks for reminding me of how much pineapples look like pinecones. Posted 4 months ago
        2. LOL! Y'all are hilarious! Posted 4 months ago
      2. Oh, interesting! I never thought of the stem like that, but it makes sense. Posted 4 months ago

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''Goodyera pubescens'', the downy rattlesnake plantain, is one of the most common orchids native to eastern North America. It is found from Florida to Nova Scotia, west to eastern Oklahoma, Minnesota and Ontario.

''Goodyera pubescens'' is an evergreen terrestrial herb with variegated leaves. The variegation is in the form of a densely reticulated network of veins that are a much lighter green than the rest of the leaf tissue. It is a creeping plant that divides on the ground surface and.. more

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