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Video: Coleman's Coralroot in the Santa Rita Mountains


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JL
- 510 days ago - biologicaldiversity.org
oleman's coralroot is a stunning purple orchid that exists in only a few mountain ranges in the Southwest. Fewer than 200 are known to exist in the wild, and they remain a mystery:Biologists don't even know how the flowers are pollinated, largely because



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JL A. (274)
Friday July 5, 2013, 3:14 pm
Center for Biological Diversity:

"Caught on Tape: One of World's Rarest Orchids -- Watch Video

Coleman's coralrootColeman's coralroot is a stunning purple orchid that exists in only a few mountain ranges in the Southwest. Fewer than 200 are known to exist in the wild, and they remain a mystery: Biologists don't even know how the flowers are pollinated, largely because there are so few individuals -- and because the elusive plants spend most of their lives underground.

It's extremely rare to actually see these orchids in the wild. Recently, though, Center for Biological Diversity staff wandered the desert and found two specimens in full bloom; we captured them on video so that you, too, can see this beautiful hermit of the desert in all its glory.

Check out our video of the Coleman's coralroot; then read about the Center's work to protect this orchid and other rare plants and animals in the Southwest's breathtaking Sky Islands region, where many special species and wild places are threatened by an open-pit mine planned for the Santa Rita Mountains. "
 

Terry V. (30)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:00 pm
Stunning and weird. Thanks!!!

"Over the long haul of life on this planet, it is the ecologists, and not the bookkeepers of business, who are the ultimate accountants." ~ Stewart Udall
 

JL A. (274)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:09 pm
You are welcome Terry!
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Christeen Anderson (541)
Friday July 5, 2013, 4:46 pm
What a beautiful sight. Thanks for sharing.
 

Diane K. (132)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:24 pm
Such a pretty orchid. Hope it will be saved. thanks JL!
 

JL A. (274)
Friday July 5, 2013, 5:39 pm
You are welcome Christeen and Diane.
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Aud nordby (716)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:50 am
signed & noted
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:05 am
Thanks for passing this on, very interesting! ;) Noted.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:17 am
It just goes to show you how ingenuous plants are.
 

Jaime A. (33)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:43 am
Noted. Thanks.!!
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 6:47 am
You are welcome Kerrie and Jaime!
 

Judy C. (109)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:53 pm
This is really interesting. It is strange to see this flower with no leaves, because it does not perform photosynthesis. Hopefully it will not become extinct.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 1:55 pm
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Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:24 pm
Thanks so much for posting, JL. There is a group "Save the Scenic Santa Ritas" here that is working hard to stop that damn Canadian mine. Since a jaguar was also spotted in that area, I hope that gives even more weight to ecological arguments against them. Seems like the Canadian multi-nationals have been on a worldwide mining spree for quite awhile now....they absolutely need to be stopped.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:28 pm

Isn't that just marvelous!
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 2:56 pm
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John C. (81)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 3:05 pm
I agree with Lois. People that live here are also living with the mines at Morenci, The Silverbell mine, The Mission complex run by Asarco, and so forth. We see what they have done to the mountains for $$$.
It just never seems to be enough for them.
 

Birgit W. (151)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:13 pm
Thank you.
 

JL A. (274)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 7:55 pm
You are welcome Birgit
 

GGmaSheila D. (170)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 10:00 pm
I dont know alot about plants, and even less about orchids. However, I do know beauty when I see it - this one is beautiful and MUST be saved. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
 

Helen Porter (40)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 3:15 am
Thank you for the video.
 

JL A. (274)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 8:11 am
You are welcome GGma and Zee.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 7, 2013, 2:46 pm
The Coral-root a very beautiful ,magical orchid of the four corner Southwest...This natural high desert gem will continue for generations to come..Much appreciation for gifting us!
 
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