Corallorhiza mertensiana Bong. 1832

Another color form

Photos by Patricia Harding.

Plants in situ Colorado

Photo by Carl Luer


Common Name Western Coral-Root - Mertens' Corallorhiza

Found in the western USA and Canada in moist coniferous forests in deep shade at elevatons of 100 to 900 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing mycoheterotrophic leafless terrestrial that blooms in the late spring and summer on an erect, reddish, racemose many flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Corallorrhiza maculata subsp. mertensiana (Bong.) Calder & R.L.Taylor 1965; Corallorrhiza mertensiana f. albolabia P.M.Br. 1995; Corallorrhiza mertensiana f. pallida P.M.Br. 1995; Corallorrhiza purpurea L.O.Williams 1932; Corallorrhiza vancouveriana Finet 1909 ; Neottia mertensiana (Bong.) Kuntze 1891

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 No 5 1960; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada Luer 1975 drawing/photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 56 No 1 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 75 #2 2011 Photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 83 #1 2014 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #1 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #2 2017 photo good;