Coral Roots!

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Coral Roots!

Postby SandyLee » Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:02 pm

Quite the amazing collection here! Per Dale! :D


In this post we will present four remaining coral-roots; Striped Coral-root, the yellow form of Spotted Coral-root, Autumn or Fall Coral-root, and Northern or Early Coral-root.
Plants of the genus Corallorhiza are saprophytic in nature and are without leaves as we know them. Yet they present a beauty that is a pure joy to see!

Corallorhiza striata or Striped Coral-root is perhaps one of the most colorful of the coral-roots. This orchid most often is found in small groups and when found in full bloom is something you will not forget.
Found in dry woods and sand dunes, it favors cool soil. A good place to look would be dry white cedar woods along shorelines. These orchids stand 4" - 20" tall, and this photograph is from Alger Co.. A real favorite orchid of ours.
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Corallorhiza maculata was presented in an earlier post. It is the Spotted Coral-root. Presented here is the yellow form of that same orchid. This was photographed along the northern shoreline of Lake Michigan under deciduous trees in dry soil. 4" - 20" tall. I have presented this photograph to show the real beauty of this rare form of this orchid. The orchid is a wonderful yellow with a pure white lower lip. To find this orchid in good condition you need to be lucky. Bugs and slugs attack it quickly as it emerges from the ground, leaving it in prime condition only 3-4 days.
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The Autumn or Fall Coral-root, Corallorhiza odontorhiza is a very small orchid, usually found in nice groups. This orchid shown is of the form pringlei, also known as Pringle's Autumn Coral-root. Found in rich deciduous woods in both dry and damp locations. Also found in sand dunes under small trees. Photograph is again from Alger Co.
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The spotted form of Northern Coral-root was presented in an earlier post. This unspotted form has been for me the more common form. Filmed also in Alger Co., this form has a pure white lower lip. A very early bloomer, found in moist woods and sandy soil. 2" - 12".
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