rattle-snake plantain

rattlesnake plantain

noun
any of several low, terrestrial orchids, as Goodyera repens, of northern temperate regions, having a basal rosette of leaves with white veins and a one-sided spike of white flowers.

Origin:
1770–80, Americanism

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rattlesnake plantain
 
n
any of various small temperate and tropical orchids of the genus Goodyera, having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of yellowish-white flowers

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