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Plant Progression: Early Coralroot


I found this orchid seed head in a swampy area of my woods on April 14:

I put it on iNaturalist, and we were able to narrow it down to the coralroot genus (Corallorhiza).

New shoots were just barely peeking up. I would never have noticed if they hadn't been at the base of the seed pods:


May 6, coming along:


By May 19th, they were in bud. Don't they look like tiny asparagus? Based on the timing of the buds, I was able to ID them as early/yellow coralroot (Corallorhiza trifida).


On May 27th, they were finally blooming! I know they aren't showy, but there are at least 200 of them, and they're state ranked as S3 - Uncommon in New Hampshire. My most exciting find so far!:


Here's a close-up of the tiny flower:


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