Western Coral Root At Mount Hood


5 X 5 card with envelope. Blank inside.

Item No. WES925

Story on the back of the card:

Western coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata ssp. mertensiana) belongs to the Orchid family, and grows deep in the coniferous forests of the Pacific Northwest. A saprophytic plant, it does not make its own food. Coralroot derives nutrients from decaying organic matter. It likes moist soil. Where the few rays of light penetrate the tree canopy, coralroot bodies glow in luminous, near transparency. I photographed this bunch as I was hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Hood, Oregon, not far from Timberline Lodge.

Built as a Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression, Timberline Lodge employed artists, builders, weavers, metalworkers, carpenters, sculptors, and many others. The Lodge’s purpose—according to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president in 1937—was to draw “thousands and thousands of visitors” for year-round recreation. This it certainly does. Witnessing the pale lavender, backlit bodies of Western coralroot is one of many precious pleasures that change each season.