These days, it's pretty rare for me to come across a new plant. And this one is doubly notable, because it's also an orchid. Meet the Downy Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens):
This shot composed of two different shots that were combined in PhotoShop is not very good, but I wanted to be able to show the entire plant.
Most of my shots showing the leaves were blurry. I need to stop farting around and use my tripod! This is the best of the lot:
I wanted to show the leaves because of their reticulated pattern. Oddly, when I tried to find the origin of the orchid's name, the emphasis is on their resemblance to the plantain.
Sadly, I missed catching this orchid in bloom. Here's the inflorescence as I found it:
I was surprised to read that Goodyera pubescens is considered to be the most common orchids native to eastern North America. How is it that I've only now stumbled across it?