Montana Outdoors

June 26, 2012

In search of the whuzzit…

Another trip to the home of the “whuzzit” last night yielded no new clues to its identity, but as with every wander in the forest there were other photo ops.


Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

One-leaved Foamflower

One-leaved Foamflower, Tiarella unifoliata

Self-heal (young plant)

Self-heal; just starting to bloom

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen

Green Wintergreen, Green-flowered Wintergreen, pyrola chlorantha

Silver-leaf Phacelia, White-leaf Phacelia

Silver-leaf Phacelia, White-leaf Phacelia , Phacelia hastata

and this guy:


June 19, 2012

In a cedar forest (2)

Filed under: Spring Creek, Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:29 pm

Spotted Coralroot, Corallorhiza maculata, Orchid family

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

Spotted Coralroot

About a mile from the trail head at Spring Creek, these little orchids are just beginning to bloom. They are widespread and common at low to mid elevations in moist and wet climates in most of the U.S. and Canada, although I suspect they are often overlooked. They are listed as “of special concern”, “threatened” or “endangered” in 7 states.

Their genus Corallorhiza (the Coralroots) are saprophytic, deriving their nutriments from decaying organic material and do not have the chlorophyll used by most plants for food production. As with most saprophytes, they cannot be cultivated and because of their dependency on decaying matter, they may be abundant in one part of the forest one year and completely absent the next.

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