Corallorhiza maculata (Spotted Coralroot) - photos and description

 


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General: Native orchid with stems varying in colour from red to flesh-coloured (most common) to yellow. This plant lacks chlorophyll, and is saprophytic (derives nutrients from decaying plant material).

Flowers: Flowers are racemose, have a distinctive white lip with purple spots. Flowers were measured to 16 mm diameter, the lip at 6 mm long and 4 mm wide. The entire raceme measured at 12 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves are transparent sheaths which clasp the base of the stem.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 39 cm tall.

Habitat: Shady woodlands, in the parklands and boreal Forest.

Abundance: Listed as uncommon in Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Saskatchewan.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 22nd, lodgepole pine forest, Cypress Hills, June 25th in moist, rich woods in the boreal forest, near La Ronge, and June 29th in mixed forest in the Moose Mountains.