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Hexalectris nitida (Glass mountain crested coralroot)
Richardson, Charmaine

Hexalectris nitida

Hexalectris nitida L.O. Williams

Glass Mountain Crested Coralroot, Glass Mountain Crested Coral Root

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)


USDA Symbol: HENI2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The orchids of genus Hexalectris are achlorophyllous and are mycoheterotrophic; that is, they utilize Sebacinoid ectomycorrhizal fungi to obtain nutrients from the roots of autotrophic plants.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug



Mr. Smarty Plants says

Endangered/threatened status for Hexalectris spicata in Texas
November 17, 2007
I was wondering about the status of Crested Coralroot Orchid (Hexalectris spicata) in Texas. Over the years I have located several clumps of them growing on a ranch in southern Bell county. The mos...
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Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1144 Collected 2007-10-22 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Hexalectris nitida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hexalectris nitida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hexalectris nitida


Record Modified: 2023-04-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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