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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata)

Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata) is a non-photosynthesizing orchid species which derives its nutrients from subterranean fungi through parasitism. Since this unique plant lacks chlorophyll and does not reply on sunlight, it is able to thrive in the semi-shaded environment of white fir and red fir forests, where there is less competition from plants which obtain their nutrients in a more traditional manner. There are two varieties of this species, which are depicted in the following photographs.

Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis).  Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0403
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis), highly detailed close-up of an orchid flower in bloom. Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis).  Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0402
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis), close-up portrait orientation. Thunder Mountain Trail, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Amador County, California.
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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0368
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis), extreme close up of a single orchid flower. The labellum or "lip" of this variety has sides which clearly widen towards the tip. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis).  Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0367
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis), documentary shot of a cluster of orchids under a forest canopy. Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata).  Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0382
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata). The labellum or "lip" of this variety has nearly parallel sides, except for nodes at the tips of some specimens. Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata).  Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Plumas County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0381
Spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata var. maculata). Butterfly Valley Botanical Area, Plumas National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Plumas County, California.
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