Goodyera in July 2000. It was wonderful year for this species, and this pic does not show any big specimen. Nurmijärvi.Goodyera repens, yövilkka

Goodyera repens flowers few weeks in July, just in the same time as we collect blueberries. I have even seen flowering plants in October, but it is very exeptional. The species has wide rhizome creeping on and under mosses of blueberry-woods. It has lot of small leaf-rosetter. Most of the rosettes never flowers, and others only flower when the rosette has 6 leaves. It takes two seasons for rosettes to reach that size, so this is an evergreen species. The inflorescense Occuring in one-sided and it has from 10 to 20 small white flowers. Height is about 25 cm (10") in maximum. The flowers are easy to spot, as the areas where this plant grows in have only very few flowers at the time when Goodyera blooms. Humble-bees wisit often in the flowers, as they can´t get nectar from other flowers. The species has two forms, one with green-and-white leaves and other which is totally green. Grren-leaved is more common. The species flowers well in each other year, in the years between almost none flowers can be found. For example 2000 was wonderful year with Goodyeras, but in 2001 I only found about 10 inflorescenses from all the places I know. 

This species is common in whole Finland exept the extreme north Lapland. It is the most common of Finnish orchids. 

 Goodyera in spring, with many old inflorescenses. Nurmijärvi. 
This small test proofed, that Goodyera is not capable for self-polluting. Nurmijärvi. Yövilkka in Winter. Nurmijärvi. 
Some of the great flowering of this species from year 2000. Photographed in Espoo.

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