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crested coralroot
Hexalectris spicata.jpg
Hexalectris spicata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Arethuseae
Subtribe: Bletiinae[1]
Genus: Hexalectris
Type species
Hexalectris spicata
(Walter) Barnhart

Hexalectris (crested coralroot)[2] is a genus of the family Orchidaceae, comprising 10 known species of fully myco-heterotrophic orchids.[3] These species are found in North America, with center of diversity in northern Mexico.[4]


Species accepted as of June 2014:[4]

  1. Hexalectris arizonica (S.Watson) A.H.Kenn. & L.E.Watson (2010) - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Coahuila
  2. Hexalectris brevicaulis L.O.Williams (1940) - central and southern Mexico
  3. Hexalectris colemanii (Catling) A.H.Kenn. & L.E.Watson (2010) - southern Arizona
  4. Hexalectris fallax M.I.Rodr. & R.González (2005) - Jalisco
  5. Hexalectris grandiflora (A.Rich. & Galeotti) L.O.Williams (1944) - widespread from Texas and Chihuahua south to Oaxaca
  6. Hexalectris nitida L.O.Williams (1944) - from Texas and New Mexico to southern Mexico
  7. Hexalectris parviflora L.O.Williams (1940) - from Sonora to Guatemala
  8. Hexalectris revoluta Correll (1941) - western Texas, southeastern New Mexico, northeastern Mexico
  9. Hexalectris spicata (Walter) Barnhart (1904) - United States from Arizona east to Florida and Maryland
  10. Hexalectris warnockii Ames & Correll (1943 - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico


  1. ^ Victoria Sosa "A Molecular and Borphological Phylogenetic Study of Subtribe Bletiinae (Epidendreae, Orchidaceae)" Systematic Botany (2007), 32)1): pp. 34-42 retrieved from http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.1600/036364407780360175?cookieSet=1
  2. ^ "Hexalectris". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Flora of North America". 
  4. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families

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