Orchidaceae
Corallorrhiza mertensiana

Western Coralroot

Stem slender, erect, red to brownish purple. Upper petals pink to reddish pink, with yellow to dark red veins; lower petal wider, deep pink to red, with 3 deep red veins; spur prominent, under base of lower petal. Grows in shady conifer forests at low to mid elevations. Similar to C. maculata, spotted coralroot, which lacks spur.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--18 inches
  • Habitat: Deep Forests, East-Side Forest, West-Side Forest
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Crater Lake NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes