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Corallorhiza wisteriana (Spring coralroot)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Corallorhiza wisteriana

Corallorhiza wisteriana Conrad

Spring coralroot, Early southern coral root, Spring coral root, Wister's coralroot, Yellow coral root

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Synonym(s): Corallorrhiza wisteriana

USDA Symbol: COWI5

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The orchids of genus Corallorrhiza are among the few flowering plants that have no green color at any time, but support themselves, as mushrooms and toadstools do, on the dead remains of other plants in the soil. The stem is 15–18 inches tall, and the flowers are scattered along the top third. Flowers have 3 sepals and 3 petals, much alike; the lip is white, heavily spotted with purplish-brown, and curved sharply downward (248).


Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


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Mr. Smarty Plants says

Weird-looking rootless plant, perhaps a fungus
August 23, 2008
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Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Record Modified: 2012-05-22
Research By: TWC Staff

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