Thursday, August 11, 2011

Downy Rattlesnake Plantain in Otselic

Donald A. Windsor

A Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens) was found blooming in the Town of Otselic on 7 August 2011.  This orchid was growing on the Finger Lakes Trail in the Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area between Clarence Church and Stage roads on a slope.  It had at least 3 smaller plants next to it.  Here is a photo taken by John Carhart.

I have recorded this orchid in Afton on 19 October 2000 and in Guilford on 24 July 2003.  The one in Afton was on private property near the Melondy State Forest.  Two in Guilford, in the South Hill State Forest, were blooming and had 2 smaller plants nearby.  So I now have this orchid species in 3 towns.

In 2001, I published a review of the orchids in each town.  I intend to update it this winter.

Windsor, Donald A.  Orchids of Chenango County.  Chenango County Historian's Journal 2001 July-December; 2(3-4): 14,20.