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    I think I found......

    Yeah, I was looking through my backyard near my house and I saw some little red stalks coming out of the ground. I want to look and there were little pink and purple dotted flowers with only a lower skirt and they looked surprizingly like orchids. no leaves no roots, just a bulb like object and thin flowerstalks.

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    Sounds like Corallorhiza wisteriana.

    If it is, it's a saprophyte and has a symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal fungi.

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    that's exactly it!
    yep, and I found litterally hundreds of them.

    are they hard to cultivate?

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    Oh I dunno. I just did a quick google search to figure out what it was lol.

    They have large corraline "roots" and depend on their fungi.

    I'd leave them alone.

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    Darn!!! I hope that they "pollinate" (i'm not sure how orchids work) and then I can spread them deeper into my yard

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    They won't do anything if you scatter the seed in your yard unless the symbiotic fungi required for germination is already there.

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    really?
    well that stinks!!!!
    oh well, I guess that I have to find out a way to cultivate the fungus

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    Another thing that my dad actually found was a 'glow in the Dark' fungus, and we were actually able to spread it around our yard

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