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coralroot

[kawr-uh l-root, -roo t, kor-] /ˈkɔr əlˌrut, -ˌrʊt, ˈkɒr-/
noun
1.
a saprophytic orchid of the genus Corallorhiza, of the Northern Hemisphere, having elongated clusters of small flowers on a leafless stem.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; coral + root1
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  • In the summer, you may see wildflowers such as spotted coralroot, violets and lupine.
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coralroot

/ˈkɒrəlˌruːt/
noun
1.
any N temperate leafless orchid of the genus Corallorhiza, with small yellow-green or purple flowers and branched roots resembling coral
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Encyclopedia Article for coralroot

any plant of the genus Corallorhiza, family Orchidaceae, consisting of about a dozen species of nearly leafless, nonphotosynthetic orchids that live primarily on dead organic matter with the help of mycorrhizae. One species is Eurasian; the others are native to North and Central America. The name coralroot refers to the coral-like shape of the reddish rhizomes (underground stems)

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