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Weedwhacker
Jun 4, 2010 6:42 AM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Corallorhiza striata / Coral Root -- a native North American orchid.

I came across this plant yesterday sheerly by chance, when the dogs were barking at something in the woods and I went to see what their problem was. Fortunately the plant is outside their invisible fence boundary where they won't trample it. I don't remember ever seeing one of these before, and this clump is growing in quite a barren looking spot in the woods to the south of our house. Coral root is a "saprophytic" plant that does not make chlorophyll but lives off rotting vegetation, similar to mushrooms. I've been searching around and have found a couple of other single stalks, but no other clumps like this. I'm quite curious to see how long it will live.

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