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

Corallorhiza striata Lindl.
striped coralroot
Orchidaceae (Orchid family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Corallorhiza striata var. striata

Species Information

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Perennial, saprophytic herb from coral-like rhizomes; stems 15-50 cm tall, usually red-brown to purplish, smooth.
Bractlike and sheathing.
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.
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


Ecological Framework for Corallorhiza striata

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 4 797 2210
Slope Gradient (%) 0 21 80
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
10 267 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 3 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(1), BWBS(12), CDF(5), CWH(10), ESSF(3), ICH(53), IDF(18), MH(1), MS(2), PP(4), SBPS(2), SBS(13)


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

Corallorrhiza striata Lindl. [orthographic variant]

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