Hexalectris arizonica (S.Watson) A.H.Kenn. & L.E.Watson 2010

Inflorescence Photos by Aaron H. Kennedy and The Go Orchids Website, developed by the North American Orchid Conservation Center


Common Name The Arizona Hexalectris [A state of the southwestern United states of America]

Flower Size .6 to 1" [1.5 to 2.5 cm] wide

Found in Mexico, southeastern Arizona, New Mexico and Texas along the sides of canyons in woods as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing, mycoheterotrophic terrestrial blooming in the mid summer through early fall with a branched, circumferentially ridged rhizome giving rise to an erect, leafless, pinkish brown, with 5 bracts sheathing the stem, 10.8 to 14" [27 to 35 cm] long, 9 to 15 flowered inflorescence with lanceolate to oblanceolate floral bracts and carrying flowers that seldom open and are cleistogamous.

Synonyms Corallorhiza arizonica S.Watson 1882; Hexalectris spicata var. arizonica (S.Watson) Catling & V.S.Engel 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Wild Orchids of Arizina and New Mexico Coleman 2002 as H spicata var arizonica photo fide ; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #1 2016 photo fide;