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Striped coralroot orchid

Corallorhiza striata

Description:

This orchid is a mycoheterotroph, getting its nutrients from nearby trees via a mycorrhizal (fungal) intermediary rather than through photosynthesis.

Habitat:

Mixed conifer forest, mostly douglas firs and white pines.

Notes:

More information on mycoheterotrophy can be found here: http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/Mycot.... The fungi associated with this plant are almost always Tomentella sp. according to a study in Am. Journal of Botany (2010). The paper abstract is here: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/pubs/387....

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7 Comments

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 6 years ago

Beautiful series and an interesting orchid

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

Thank you Alice.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Really interesting Orchid series!

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

I'm glad to see the orchid aficionados like my spotting. Thanks guys!

craigwilliams
craigwilliams 10 years ago

:) This really floats my boat! What a cracking mycoheterotroph! Thanks for this Kristal & for the links too

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

Thanks Dan!

dandoucette
dandoucette 10 years ago

Awesome spotting! Great photos too!

KristalWatrous
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KristalWatrous

Utah, USA

Spotted on Jul 1, 2008
Submitted on Oct 13, 2011

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