Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Striped Coralroots in Larrabee State Park

On May 3rd my wife and I went to see if the Striped Coralroots were blooming in Larrabee State Park.  The day was rainy and very wet, but we went anyway and found them in full bloom, more of them than we had seen before.  The rain actually made for some interesting pictures of this most beautiful of our native Coralroots.

The Striped Coralroot (Corallorhiza striata var. striata) has the largest flowers of any of our native Coralroots and is also the most beautiful, though far more difficult to find than the Spotted or Western Coralroot.  We have found it in only two locations though we know of a few others, but the Spotted and Western Coralroots are everywhere.


Upupaepops said...

we found a single Striata Saturday in the other location we visited.

I forgot how juicy and textural these are

Ron said...

There were a lot of them this year in Larrabee - more than I've ever seen before, including several large clumps like the one I've shown. They are probably past their prime now, however.