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Hexalectris revoluta

Hexalectris revoluta Correll

Chisos Mountain Crested Coralroot, Correll’s Cock’s-comb, Curly Coral Root, Curly Coral-root

Orchidaceae (Orchid family)


USDA Symbol: HERE2

USDA Native Status:

Mycotrophic, obtaining nutrients not from photosynthesis but through mycorrhizal fungi.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 20 inches tall.
Leaf: Plant has no leaves.

Bloom Information

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


Native Habitat: Terrestrial, growing in oak-juniper-pine woodlands in leaf litter and humus.


Propagation Material: Seeds

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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Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 35 - Go Orchids (2019) North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC)

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-06-25
Research By: CBR

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