Connecticut Plants
Spotted Coralroot (Large Coralroot)
Corallorhiza maculata (Raf.) Raf.

Coralroots lack chlorophyll; they get nutrients from decaying organic material in the soil. The nutrients are absorbed through a branched underground stem that looks like a piece of coral. Spotted coralroot is the most common of three coralroot species that grow in Connecticut. The others are early coralroot and late coralroot.

  • Synonyms: Corallorrhiza maculata
  • Family: orchid (Orchidaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, usually moist woods
  • Height: 6-20 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 inch long
  • Flower color: brown and white with purple spots
  • Flowering time: July to August
  • Origin: native
Corallorhiza maculata (Raf.) Raf.
Corallorhiza maculata (Raf.) Raf.