Hexalectris spicata

The genus name “Hexalectris” is Greek and means “six cock,” referring to the six raised ridges on the lip that resemble a rooster’s crest.  The species name “spicata” refers to the flowers being produced on a spike.  It is called crested coralroot orchid because of the rhizomatous nature of the species where the twisted roots look like corals.


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Family:Orchidaceae
Common Name:Crested Coralroot Orchid
Authority: (Walt.) Barnh.
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C Value:10
Wetness:UPL
# of Species in  
Genus in Illinois:
1
Duration:Perennial
Reproduction:Monoecious
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Forb
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Flower Color:Purple, Brown
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Status (State):Endangered
Status (Federal):Not Listed
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