Corallorhiza trifida

(Yellow Coralroot)

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peaks Trail, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 3446/3462

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peaks Trail, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 3430

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5770

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5780

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peak 7, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 5844/5848

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Corallorhiza trifida, Peaks Trail, Breckenridge, Summit Co. 3433

Scientific Name Corallorhiza trifida USDA PLANTS Symbol COTR18
Common Name Yellow Coralroot, Early Coralroot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 894654
Family Orchidceae (Orchid) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (7200 to 11000 ft.); moist areas in aspens groves, conifer forests and streamsides.
Plant: Erect perennial, fleshy, greenish-yellow stem (raceme) 3 to 12 inches tall.
Leaves: None. One to three alternate leaf-like sheaths along stem.
Inflorescence: Single erect raceme of 3 to 18 small flowers, each less than 1/2-inch long; 3 sepals and 3 petals, yellowish white to pale yellow-green; lateral sepals bent back, lateral petals and upper sepal converge to form hood; lower petal forms a lip, often purple-spotted.
Bloom Period: June and July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet, North American Orchid Center and US Forest Service.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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