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Hexalectris spicata var. spicata (Spiked crested coralroot)
Cressler, Alan

Hexalectris spicata var. spicata

Hexalectris spicata (Walter) Barnhart var. spicata

Spiked Crested Coralroot, Spiked Crested Coral Root

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)



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
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AL , AR , AZ , FL , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NM , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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