Rattlesnake-plantain is always a treat to find when one is out for a walk in the woods. The attractive variegated leaves vary a lot from plant to plant and I don't think any two clones we have on the property have the same leaf pattern. Goodyera oblongifolia most often grows in shaded areas of our Douglas-fir forest that are dominated by the moss, Electrified Cat's Tail. Several references I have read talk about First Nation's use of Rattlesnake-plantain as a children's toy - apparently rubbing the leave separates two layers and the leaf can be inflated like a balloon. I have never tried this, partially because each plant only has a small number of leaves, and they always seem to rare and delicate to pick. Despite the common name, this isn't a plaintain at all, it is actually a species of orchid.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.