Definition of coralroot in English:

coralroot

noun

  • 1A leafless orchid which has inconspicuous flowers and lacks chlorophyll. It has a pale knobbly rhizome which obtains nourishment from decaying organic matter.

    • ‘Over 360 species of plant have been recorded on site including creeping spearwort (found at only four other sites in Britain) and coralroot orchid.’
    • ‘There are two other coralroots (Striped and Western) in our area.’
    • ‘A similar situation is found in the coralroot orchids (genus Corallorhiza).’
    • ‘The others are early coralroot and late coralroot.’
    • ‘Some of the orchids were growing immediately adjacent to coralroots, and it's curious that these two species should so prefer this one particular area under oaks.’
    • ‘Several coralroot orchids grew on the downslope of the portage to Proulx.’
    • ‘In June, berries are ripe and we will look for the coralroot orchids under the oak trees.’
    • ‘The coralroots are the only members of the orchid family native to Nova Scotia that are without chlorophyll and depend upon the decomposing remains of other plants for sustenance.’
    • ‘This year, I saw them in a number of places, got a good look and learned they are spotted coralroots.’
    • ‘Other floral delights along the trail include spotted coralroot orchids, twisted stalk, fireweed, and showy asters.’
    • ‘Ferns and coralroot orchids grow in the deep woods, while greenfly orchids and resurrection ferns adorn the live oak branches.’
    • ‘There is also a small genus of orchids, called coralroots, that obtains the majority of its nutrition from a mycorrhizal association with soil fungi.’
    • ‘Still plenty of fairyslipper along the Incense Cedar Trail, and additional striped coralroot orchids have joined the one specimen that has been blooming for over a month.’
    • ‘Red coralroot orchids, pale irises, white-flowered thimbleberry, and tanoak look up to madrones that would be the giants of any other forest.’
    • ‘Forget-me-nots bloom in the spring, along with strawberries and iris, and you may even see a few striking red spotted coralroots, a saprophytic orchid.’
    • ‘The coralroot orchids are not considered ‘true’ vascular plant parasites because they do not have haustoria.’
    • ‘The Navajo made a tea of spotted coralroot used as a lotion for ringworm or skin disease.’
    • ‘Lilacs, Canada anemone, orange hawkweed, blue-eyed grass, wild sarsaparilla, coralroot orchid in cedar-hemlock woods, hundreds of jack-in-the-pulpits along Hidden Bluff Trail.’
    • ‘An unexpected display of coralroot orchid near the trailhead was just the first of many stops along the way.’
    • ‘Prior to 1995, all of the then known species of coralroots in North America except Wister's coralroot were known to have a particular color form variation.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for cockscomb (sense 3)
  • 2A Eurasian woodland plant with purple flowers and bud-like swellings (bulbils) at the base of the stem.

    • ‘Ancient woods are home to some special plants such as yellow bird's nest, coralroot bittercress and a number of rare orchids.’
    • ‘Bluebells form a stunning carpet, along with yellow archangel, lesser celandine, wood anemone and the uncommon coralroot bittercress.’
    • ‘Here in spring you can see wood anemones bluebells and an unusual plant with pinkish flowers called coralroot bittercress.’
    • ‘In spring time the floor is bright with bluebells, wood anemone and wild daffodils and also supports the nationally rare coralroot bittercress.’
    • ‘Old Park Wood is the most varied piece of woodland in Middlesex with an abundance of flowers in spring including yellow archangel, lesser celandine, wood anemone, coralroot bittercress and bluebells.’

Pronunciation

coralroot