Etymology: Goodyera: for John Goodyer (1592-1664)
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-20" tall forb; stems stout, single; from creeping rhizomes
Leaves: basal, oblong, 2"-4" long; clasping, usually with only the midrib white
Flowers: white to greenish, 6-parted, 1/3" - 1/2" wide, beak of lip half or more as long as the body of flower; inflorescence a 1-sided, 8"-16" tall, spike-like cluster (raceme) in a dense to loose spiral of stalked flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: dry to moist; coniferous forests