Hexalectris spicata (Walter) Barnhart
Spiked Crested Coralroot, Spiked Crested Coral Root
Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)
USDA Symbol: HESP3
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall, often shorter.
Leaf: This plant has no leaves.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NM , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
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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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National Wetland Indicator Status
Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hexalectris spicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hexalectris spicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hexalectris spicata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-10
Research By: TWC Staff