Definition of coralroot in English:


(also coralroot orchid)


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An unexpected display of coralroot orchid near the trailhead was just the first of many stops along the way.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The coralroot orchids are not considered ‘true’ vascular plant parasites because they do not have haustoria.’
    • ‘This year, I saw them in a number of places, got a good look and learned they are spotted coralroots.’
    • ‘The Navajo made a tea of spotted coralroot used as a lotion for ringworm or skin disease.’
    • ‘The others are early coralroot and late coralroot.’
    • ‘Other floral delights along the trail include spotted coralroot orchids, twisted stalk, fireweed, and showy asters.’
    • ‘There are two other coralroots (Striped and Western) in our area.’
    • ‘Red coralroot orchids, pale irises, white-flowered thimbleberry, and tanoak look up to madrones that would be the giants of any other forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A similar situation is found in the coralroot orchids (genus Corallorhiza).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over 360 species of plant have been recorded on site including creeping spearwort (found at only four other sites in Britain) and coralroot orchid.’
    1. 1.1
      another term for cockscomb (sense 3)