autumn coralroot, fall coralroot, late coralroot, small-flowered coralroot
Etymology: Corallorhiza: from the Greek korallion, "coral," and rhiza, "root," for the coral-shaped roots
Plants: perennial, 4"-12" tall forb, no chlorophyll; purple to brown or greenish; stems with bulb-like, white thickening at the base
Flowers: pinkish, 6-parted, 1/4" long, lip not lobed, white with purple edges and small spots; inflorescence a 1"-2 1/3" terminal, spike-like cluster (raceme) with 5-15 stalked flowers; blooms Aug.-Sept.
Habitat: partial sun; woods
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos