Western coralroot is in full bloom all over the forest, but it’s easy to miss – unless the sun comes out 🙂

Coralroot was one of the first flowers I remember seeing when we began hiking in BC way back in 2005. It caught my eye as it was unlike any other flower I’d ever seen, and it brightened up some of the dreary second-growth forest through which we were hiking. I now know it’s a true flower, relying on insects for pollination but it has no chlorophyll and therefore doesn’t photosynthesize – which is why there’s not a patch of green anywhere on the plant. Instead it derives its energy from decaying matter, of which there is plenty in a temperate rainforest! And it just lights up when the sun shines through the trees.