E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Corallorhiza striata Lindl. var. striata
striped coralroot (hooded coralroot)
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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General:
Perennial, saprophytic herb from coral-like rhizomes; stems 15-50 cm tall, usually red-brown to purplish, smooth.
Leaves:
Bractlike and sheathing.
Flowers:
Inflorescence a terminal raceme of 10 to 25 short-stalked, spreading to drooping flowers, the bracts scalelike; sepals usually yellowish-pink to pale brown, with 3 to 5 reddish to purplish, lengthwise stripes, oblong to lanceolate, 6-17 mm long, the lower curved forward; lateral petals sepal-like but slightly shorter and wider; lip oval, 8-15 mm long, pale yellow-brown to reddish, entire; column 4-7 mm long, purple-spotted.
Fruits:
Capsules, ellipsoid, drooping, 12-25 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Moist forests in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; frequent throughout BC, south of 55 degrees N; E to PQ and S to NY, MI, WI, MN, ND, CO, UT and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Climate

The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is cool temperate & cool mesothermal.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Corallorhiza ochroleuca Rydb.
Corallorhiza striata var. flavida Todsen & Todsen
Corallorhiza striata var. ochroleuca (Rydb.) Magrath
Corallorrhiza ochroleuca Rydb. [orthographic variant]
Corallorrhiza striata var. flavida Todsen & Todsen [orthographic variant]
Corallorrhiza striata var. ochroleuca (Rydb.) Magrath [orthographic variant]
Corallorrhiza striata var. striata Lindl. [orthographic variant]

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