WILDFLOWERS OF NEW MEXICO

 

With a showy rosette of evergreen leaves and a bloom stalk to 8-inches tall and lined with delicate white flowers, this orchid stands out year-around in the leaf litter of a shady forest floor. Note the broad, deep-green leaves with showy white midribs. 


FLOWERS: July–September (depending on elevation). Flowers bloom from the top down along one side of a spike-like raceme with 10–48 flowers. Each flower has a white hood and boat-shaped lip. Note the sepals are green and covered with hairs. Flowers last about 2 weeks.


LEAVES: Basal rosette. Leaves evergreen, 1–4 inches long (2.5–10 cm), elliptic to oval with the midrib streaked with white, sometimes spreading into lateral veins, margins entire.


HABITAT: Moist rich soils of forests, bogs, stream sides; ponderosa-Douglas fir, spruce-fir forests.


ELEVATION: 8,000–10,500 feet.


RANGE: AZ, CO, NM UT; all Rocky Mountain states and westward.


SIMILAR SPECIES: Dwarf Rattlesnake Plantain, G. repens, in much the same habitat and range, is less that 5-inches tall (12 cm) and has flowers with white sepals and petals, and usually unmarked leaves.


NM COUNTIES: Throughout most NM mountains in moist high-elevation habitats: Bernalillo, Catron, Cibola, Colfax, Grant, Los Alamos, Mora, Otero, Rio Arriba, San Juan, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Taos.

RATTLESNAKE  PLANTAIN  ORCHID

GOODYERA  OBLONGIFOLIA

Orchid Family, Orchidaceae

Perennial evergreen

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