Corallorrhiza trifida
 
Early Coralroot

Lower Stem

Center Block, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park
11-June-2013

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Trifida: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
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stems usually less than 3 mm wide; NOT [stems often over 3 mm wide]

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stems yellowish; NOT [stems usually purplish]

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flowers small, not longer than 10 mm; NOT [flowers longer than 10 mm]

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sepals and petals 1-nerved; NOT [sepals and petals 3-nerved]

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lip 4-5 mm long; NOT [lip over 5 mm long]

 

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Corallorrhiza: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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rhizome coralloid

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plants saprophytic, without chlorophyll

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plants with reduced, scale-like non-green leaves; NOT [leaves with well-developed blades]

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flowers 2 to many, in racemes or spikes; NOT [flower solitary]

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flowers mostly smaller; NOT [flowers large, to 8 cm long]

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lip concave or flag, not mocassin-shaped; NOT [lip a large, inflated sac or pouch, mocassin-shaped]

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fertile anther 1; NOT [fertile anthers 2]