Corallorhiza striata (Striped Coralroot) - photos and description

Corallorhiza striata

Corallorhiza striata

Corallorhiza striata

Corallorhiza striata
15 cm ruler for scale

Corallorhiza striata

Corallorhiza striata
Leaves have evolved into transparent sheaths clasping the stems

General: Native orchid with showy flowers and stout, red stems. This plant lacks chlorophyll, and is saprophytic (derives nutrients from decaying plant material).

Flowers: The flowers grow a long spike. They have red-striped petals and sepals, with the lower lip darker red. Flowers measured to 2 cm diameter. Blooms in late May through mid June.

Leaves: Its leaves are semi-transparent sheaths clasping the stem.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm, we measured plants to 30 cm tall.

Habitat: Coniferous, mixed, and aspen woodlands.

Abundance: Rare, ranked as an S3 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos June 4th edge of swampy ground Cypress Hills, 450 km southwest of Regina, SK, and May 27th in aspen woods, about 70 km SW of our home in Regina, SK