Coralroot orchid Corallorhiza trifida
|Status||Amber - Vulnerable and Near-Threatened|
|Best Time to See||June, July|
|Colour||Purple, Green, Yellow, Red|
Despite its name, this orchid doesn't have roots in the truest sense of the word.
Instead it gets energy and nutrients via fungi that live in a lumpy mass at the base of its stem. This has a very coral-like appearance, hence the name.
While it has a little chlorophyll in its stem - allowing some limited photsynthesis when in bloom - it is dependant on the fungi to survive. Without it, it would die.
Boggy and shady woods, quarries and disused railway lines, dune slacks.
Best time to see
When it flowers June-July.
Did you know?
It is the County flower of Fife.
Common names include Early coralroot, Northern coralroot and Yellow coralroot.