Hidden deep in the forest, or happily saying hello in small forest clearings, this spring has brought an abundance of Striped Coralroot:Corallorhiza striata.
Corallorhiza striata is mycohetertrophic and uses fungus to provide nutrients for its own growth as Corallorhiza does not photosynthesize.
This orchid was just pushing up through the soil in a small clearing in the forest covered with grass.
Others were hidden in the dense undergrowth in the forest.
While many we found grew as single stalks or in groups of two or three some grew in larger clusters.
According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center “After producing flower stalks, the rhizomes may remain dormant for several years so seeing them in bloom may not occurs again next year but I sure hope so.