Corallorhiza odontorhiza (Willd.) Poir.
Autumn coralroot, Late coralroot, Fall coral root, Late southern coral root, Small coral root, Small-flowered coral root, Chicken toe, Turkey claw, Dragon's claw, Fever root, Crawley root, Crawley
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
Synonym(s): Corallorrhiza odontorhiza
USDA Symbol: COOD7
The orchids of genus Corallorhiza have no chlorophyll and are mycoheterotrophic; that is, they utilize fungi to parasitize the roots of other plants. Corallorhiza odontorhiza has flowers less than 1/5 of an inch (5 mm) long, appearing from late August to October.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Green , Purple , Brown
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Weird-looking rootless plant, perhaps a fungus
August 23, 2008
While out it my backyard (i.e. the Black Hills of South Dakota), I spotted a weird-looking rootless plant (I think it may be a fungus) growing beneath the Ponderosa Pines. It was the only one in the a...
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Corallorhiza odontorhiza in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Corallorhiza odontorhiza in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Corallorhiza odontorhiza
MetadataRecord Modified: 2016-03-03
Research By: TWC Staff