Annually, key Woodlands staff receive training to identify potential rare plant habitat within the forests of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Maine. It was just a few weeks after one of those training sessions in 2010, when the company Naturalist received an email from block layout forester, Jonathan Carson, stating he may have found something of interest. It had the distinctive broad white stripe on the leaf contrasted with green pigment, suggesting Goodyera family. Carson had located a population of Downey Rattlesnake Plantain (Goodyera pubescens), a type of orchid, previously known from only three other sites in the province at the time. The pubescens portion of its Latin name refers to the downy “hair” of the leaves.

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