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Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis Cluster of Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis flowering stalks growing beneath Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) and Black Spruce (Picea mariana) on a mesic site. There were hundreds of these orchids flowering beneath the trees. Corallorhiza maculata,Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis,Geotagged,Orchidaceae,Summer,United States,Western Spotted Coralroot,black spruce,coralroot,flower,forest,jack pine,orchid,pines Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis

Cluster of Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis flowering stalks growing beneath Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana) and Black Spruce (Picea mariana) on a mesic site. There were hundreds of these orchids flowering beneath the trees.

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Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis is an orchid with no chlorophyll and derives its carbohydrates from a parasitic relationship with fungi. The plant is reddish in color, fleshy and somewhat brittle with leaves that are reduced to mere scales. The flower petals are spotted with red dots (maculata = spotted).

Erect raceme of 6 to 50, ½-inch flowers. Flaring at the top is a central sepal flanked by a pair of petals, with two lateral spreading sepals just below them, the sepals slightly.. more

Species identified by Gary B
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Uploaded Jul 10, 2019. Captured Jul 9, 2019 14:20 in 2349 Sawbill Trail, Tofte, MN 55615, USA.
  • SAMSUNG-SM-G930A
  • f/1.7
  • 1/191s
  • ISO50
  • 4.2mm