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Corallorhiza maculata

Previously known as:

  • Cladorhiza maculata
Phonetic Spelling
koral-lor-ize-ah mak-yuh-LAY-tuh
Description

"Maculata" is Latin for spotted.

This exotic looking tiny flowered orchid stands tall so that it indeed can be noticed. This plant grows in summer and into early fall in woodland and forest areas.  It is unusual in that it obtains its energy not from photosynthesis but through a symbiotic relationship with a mycorrhizal fungi.  

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#fall interest#specialized bees#forest#summer flowers#native garden#tiny flowers#orchid#autumn colors#detail#exotic looking#detailed#native wildflower#unusual#mycorrhizal fungi#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#fall interest#specialized bees#forest#summer flowers#native garden#tiny flowers#orchid#autumn colors#detail#exotic looking#detailed#native wildflower#unusual#mycorrhizal fungi#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Corallorhiza
    Species:
    maculata
    Family:
    Orchidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Canada to U.S.A.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 8 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 1 in. - 0 ft. 2 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Mountains
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Description:
    10-30 dull, purplish-brown flowers on the leafless stalk; the lobed lip is white, spotted with red. It can self pollinate but is also pollinated by insects.
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has no leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gold/Yellow
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Specialized Bees