Definition of coralroot in English:



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

    Genus Corallorhiza, family Orchidaceae: several species, including the widespread C. trifida

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Several coralroot orchids grew on the downslope of the portage to Proulx.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other floral delights along the trail include spotted coralroot orchids, twisted stalk, fireweed, and showy asters.’
    • ‘Red coralroot orchids, pale irises, white-flowered thimbleberry, and tanoak look up to madrones that would be the giants of any other forest.’
    • ‘Over 360 species of plant have been recorded on site including creeping spearwort (found at only four other sites in Britain) and coralroot orchid.’
    • ‘Ferns and coralroot orchids grow in the deep woods, while greenfly orchids and resurrection ferns adorn the live oak branches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a small genus of orchids, called coralroots, that obtains the majority of its nutrition from a mycorrhizal association with soil fungi.’
    • ‘This year, I saw them in a number of places, got a good look and learned they are spotted coralroots.’
    • ‘The coralroot orchids are not considered ‘true’ vascular plant parasites because they do not have haustoria.’
    • ‘The others are early coralroot and late coralroot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In June, berries are ripe and we will look for the coralroot orchids under the oak trees.’
    • ‘The Navajo made a tea of spotted coralroot used as a lotion for ringworm or skin disease.’
    • ‘There are two other coralroots (Striped and Western) in our area.’
    • ‘An unexpected display of coralroot orchid near the trailhead was just the first of many stops along the way.’
    • ‘A similar situation is found in the coralroot orchids (genus Corallorhiza).’
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      another term for cockscomb (sense 3)
  • 2A Eurasian woodland plant with purple flowers and bulbils at the base of the stem.

    Cardamine bulbifera, family Cruciferae

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In spring time the floor is bright with bluebells, wood anemone and wild daffodils and also supports the nationally rare coralroot bittercress.’
    • ‘Here in spring you can see wood anemones bluebells and an unusual plant with pinkish flowers called coralroot bittercress.’
    • ‘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.’