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Corallorhiza odontorhiza

Autumn Coral Root

Scientific Name:

Corallorhiza odontorhiza

Genus:

Corallorhiza

Species Epithet:

odontorhiza

Common Name:

Autumn Coral Root

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Purple

Light:

Less than 2 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mesic to dry forests, especially under oaks.

Leaf Arrangement:

No apparent leaves

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

No known wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S?: Uncertain (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W1: Watch List: Rare but Relatively Secure (*Key)

Notes:

Jim Fowler notes that some clusters of this species bear "cleistogamous" self-pollinating blossoms that do not open while others produce "chasmogamous" flowers that do open and are not self-pollinating.
NCNH lists as S4?

Blooms

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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