Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata fma. aurea

The Spotted Coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata is the later blooming variety of two in our area.  It is distinguished not only by its later bloom season but by the side lobes of the lip which are more or less parallel rather than being rounded.  Like many of the Coralroots it is variable in color and this is a yellow-stemmed variety which is unnamed but which I've chosen to call Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata fma. aurea.  We have only ever found it in one location where it grows in abundance.

 June 12

June 23


  1. Lovely form, Ron!

    1. Very unusual, isn't it? I've found it in several places in the Columbia River gorge, but no where else, but the species is endlessly variable and there are always new forms to be found. We found several new color forms this summer.