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McAdoo, David R.
Corallorhiza trifida Chatelain
Early Coralroot, Yellow coralroot
Synonym(s): Corallorhiza corallorhiza, Corallorhiza trifida var. verna, Corallorrhiza corallorrhiza, Corallorrhiza trifida, Corallorrhiza trifida var. verna
USDA Symbol: cotr18
Several or many erect, pale yellowish or greenish, nearly leafless stems in a clump, each stem with a raceme of small, bilaterally symmetrical flowers the same color as stem except for white lower lip.
Of all the coral roots, this small pale species is perhaps the least showy. It is also found in Eurasia.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: NB
, PE Native Distribution:
Alaska south and east to Labrador, and south in West to Washington, northeastern Oregon, northern Sierra Nevada, central Utah, and Colorado; also in northern portion of eastern United States. Native Habitat:
Moist woods from moderate to high elevations.
Growing ConditionsSoil Moisture:
Moist Conditions Comments:
Tends to form large clumps and extensive colonies.† It is a species that occurs around the world in the Boreal and Mixed Forest Regions and adjacent regions of the Deciduous
Forests and Tundra. (Andy Fyon)
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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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff