Fall Coralroot is a tiny native woodland orchid. I have only seen it twice in my area and recently discovered the second location at a local park.
Flowering in late summer (August - September) the burgundy-brown color blends in perfectly with the woodland leaf litter making this orchid especially hard to spot.
check out this post at the Get Your Botany On blog.
I have found Fall Coralroot growing locally in medium to dry, mature, maple-basswood and oak woodlands in part to full shade. Both locations were on slopes. It can grow to around 12 inches in height, but the clusters I've seen are much shorter.
Fall Coralroot is native to eastern North America. See map below for range.
|Kartesz, J.T., The Biota of North America Program (BONAP).
2011. North American Plant Atlas. Chapel Hill, N.C.