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Checkered Rattlesnake Plantain
Goodyera tesselata

Rattlesnake-plantains get their name from their broad, rounded leaves, which are similar in shape to those of plantain, a common lawn weed. They are not actually plantains; they are orchids. Checkered rattlesnake-plantain has leaves with soft green markings. It can be distinguished from Connecticut's other two species, downy rattlesnake-plantain (the most common species) and dwarf rattlesnake-plantain (Goodyera repens), both of which have bright silver markings on their leaves. However, checkered rattlesnake-plantain and dwarf rattlesnake-plantain can hybridize to plants with intermediate markings, so identification is sometimes difficult.

• Family: Orchid (Orchidaceae)
• Habitat: rich woods
• Height: 6-16 inches
• Flower size: 1/4 inch long
• Flower color: white
• Flowering time: July to August
• Origin: native

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For comparison, here is dwarf rattlesnake plantain. Note that the markings are bright silver, in contrast to the more subtle coloration of checkered rattlesnake plantain.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.