Native Terrestrial Myco-heterotrophic Orchids

Left: A closeup of the flower of the Phantom Orchid, Cephalanthera austinae.
Right: Flowers of the Western Coral Root, Corallorhiza mertensiana.

Left: A magnified view of the coralloid underground rhizome of Corallorhiza striata. The black color comes from the color of the hyphae of the endophytic fungus; the white tips are not yet infected.
Right: A view of the rhizome of the sibling species Corallorhiza maculata, unearthered in its natural setting. The fungi which associate with this orchid are lightly colored, thus the entire rhizome is whitish.
Corallorhiza striata flowers Corallorhiza odontorhiza
Corallorhiza maculata Corallorhiza maculata
These 4 photos are courtesy of Jeff Hapeman, see Orchids of Wisconsin on previous page. Please contact the owner before any for profit reproductions.
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