Hexalectris spicata

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Hexalectris spicata
Hexalectris spicata Gil.jpg
Photo was taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Orchidales
Family: Orchidaceae
Genus: Hexalectris
Species: H. spicata
Binomial name
Hexalectris spicata
(Walter) Barnhart
HEXA SPIC dist.jpg
Natural range of Hexalectris spicata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: crested coralroot (Nelson 2005), brunetta

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: none[1]

Varieties: none[1]


A description of Hexalectris spicata is provided in The Flora of North America.

Hexalectris spicata is a perennial herbaceous species with rhizomes.[2]


This plant's range extends from Maryland, Ohio, and Missouri to Florida and southwestern Texas.[1]


H. spicata is a saprophytic orchid.[3]


It is found in rich woods, stream banks, hardwood slope forests, mixed pine and hardwood forests, and shortleaf pine-oak-hickory forests.[3]


Blooming from June through August.[3][4] It has also been observed fruiting in June and August.[2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Harry E. Ahles, Loran C. Anderson, Bill & Pam Anderson, A. F. Clewell, A. Gholson Jr., Robert K. Godfrey, John G. Haesloop, Dale R. Jackson, Rob Jemson, R. Kral, Mark Ludlow, Richard S. Mitchell, Jamie Trescott, Rodie White, and Lovett E. Williams. States and Counties: Alabama: Houston and Wilcox. Florida: Calhoun, Dixie, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Suwannee, and Wakulla. Georgia: Decatur, Grady, and Seminole. South Carolina: Bamberg.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nelson, Gil. East Gulf Coastal Plain Wildflowers. A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the East Gulf Coastal Plain, including Southwest Georgia, Northwest Florida, Southern Alabama, Southern Mississippi, and Parts of Southeastern Louisiana. Guilford, CT: Falcon, 2005. 234. Print.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 19 MAY 2021