Goodyera oblongifolia Raf. 1833 Photo courtesy of Travis Olsen

Plant in situ Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, CA Photo by Eric Hunt and his Flicker Orchid Photostream

Plant in situ Lizard Head Wilderness in the San Juan Mountain Range (near the town of Telluride) of south-western Colorado (at about 9,000- 9,500ft). Photo courtesy of Christopher Ohanian


Common Name The Oblong Leaf Goodyera - The Giant Rattlesnake Orchid

Flower Size

Found in Michigan and the western US as a small sized, cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, several to many flowered inflorescence

Synonyms Epipactis decipiens [Hkr.f] Ames 1908; Goodyera decipiens (Hooker) Piper Hubbard 1923; Goodyera menziesii Lindl. 1840; Goodyera oblongifolia f. reticulata (B.Boivin) P.M.Br. 1995; Goodyera oblongifolia var. reticulata B.Boivin 1951; Orchiodes decipiens (Hook.) Kuntze 1891; Peramium decipiens (Hook.) Piper 1906; Peramium menziesii (Lindl.) Morong 1894; Spiranthes decipiens Hook. 1839

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as G menziesii photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 5 1960 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961 drawing; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #5 17-20 tafel 6 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 1 1980 photo plant only; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 6 1982 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 5/464 1992 photo; Schlechteriana Vol 4 No 4 1993; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 8 1995 photo;