!Hexalectris spicata (Walter) Barnhart 1904

Plant in situ at base of Live Oak tree

Photos by Carl Luer

Another Flower

Photo by Victor Engel and his Webpage


Common Name Crested Coral Root Hexalectris

Flower Size to about 2" [5 cm]

Found from the southeastern US to Arizona and New Mexico as a highly variable mycoheterotrophic cold growing terrestrial that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, leafless, 2 to 14" [5 to 35 cm] long, racemose, pink inflorescence.

Synonyms *Arethusa spicata Walter 1788; Bletia aphylla Nutt. 1818; Corallorhiza spicata (Walter) Tidestr. 1941; Bletia aphylla Nutt. 1918; Hexalectris aphylla (Nutt.) A.Gray 1896; Hexalectris aphylla [Nut.] Raf. 18896; Hexalectris spicata f. albolabia P.M.Br. 1995; Hexalectris spicata f. lutea P.M.Br. 2004 publ. 2005; Hexalectris spicata f. wilderi P.M.Br. 2004 publ. 2005; Hexalectris squamosa Raf. 1836

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as H aphyllus; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; The Native Orchids of Florida Luer 1972 drawing/photos fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; The Native Orchids of the United States and Canada excluding Florida Luer 1975 drawing/photo fide; Phylogeny and Classification of the Orchid Family Dressler 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 12 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 78 No 5 2009 photo fide; The Wild Orchids of Arizina and New Mexico Coleman2002 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #2 2020 stamp fide; The Orchid Review Vol 128 No 1330 June 2020 stamp fide;