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Corallorhiza striata
striped coralroot
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Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east across the northern half of North America to the Atlantic coast.

Habitat: Moist humus in shady coniferous and deciduous forests, low to mid-elevations.

Flowers: April-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Myco-heterotrophic, scapose, perennial herbs, the stems 1.5-4 dm. tall, purplish-tinged.


Plant has no true, green leaves; scape with several sheathing bracts.


Flowers 7-30 on pedicles 1-3 mm. long in a raceme up to 2 dm. long; sepals 3, oblong-lanceolate, 10-17 mm. long and 2-4 mm. broad, pink or yellowish-pink with 3 narrow, reddish-brown stripes; 2 small petals similar, slightly shorter and broader; third petal (lip) broadly oblong-elliptic, not lobed, 8-15 mm. long and 6-8 mm. broad, concave, with upturned margins, with deep-colored stripes; stamens and style fused to form a column 6-7 mm. long, purple-spotted near the base.


Capsule pendant, ovoid, 1.2-2.5 mm long.

Accepted Name:
Corallorhiza striata Lindl.
Publication: Gen. Sp. Orchid. Pl. 534. 1840.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. striata – hooded coralroot, striped coralroot
var. vreelandii – vreeland's striped coralroot
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Corallorhiza striata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Corallorhiza striata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Corallorhiza striata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Corallorhiza striata photos.

USDA Plants: Corallorhiza striata information.

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