Striped coralroot


The striped coralroot orchid is widespread across southern Canada and western U.S. However, it is sparse throughout its range for it does not use leaves to synthesize food but obtains it nutrients from fungi in the ground.  

This orchid grows in a raceme of over two dozen flowers and often has many stalks.

I believe that the insect here is the wasp, Pimpla pedalis, a known pollinator of the striped coralroot orchid.  

It has the classic orchid form of bilateral symmetry and an enlarged lip (labellum).


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One Response to Striped coralroot

  1. Karen Pidcock says:

    Soon I’ll be searching for the round leaved orchid in my nearby forest!

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