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Hexalectris spicata

Crested Coralroot, Crested Coral-root, Brunetta

Scientific Name:

Hexalectris spicata

Genus:

Hexalectris

Species Epithet:

spicata

Common Name:

Crested Coralroot, Crested Coral-root, Brunetta

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow, Purple, Brown

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June, July, August

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry forests and woodlands, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, such as diabase, gabbro, calcareous siltstone, and dolomite (though sometimes in distinctly acid situations), shell middens (Weakley 2015). Rare throughout North Carolina.

Leaf Arrangement:

No apparent leaves

Leaf Form:

No Apparent Leaves

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Not Assigned

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S2: Imperiled (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-P: Significantly Rare: Peripheral (*Key)

Notes:

Saprophytic.

Closeup of Bloom

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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