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Plant Details

Hexalectris spicata

Crested Coralroot, Crested Coral-root

Scientific Name:

Hexalectris spicata

Common Name:

Crested Coralroot, Crested Coral-root

Plant Family

Orchidaceae (Orchid Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

Yellowish

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Sub-mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

July - August

Bloom Area:

Statewide

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).

State Rank:

S2 - 6-20 Extant Populations - Imperiled in NC because of rarity or because of some factor(s) making it very vulnerable to extirpation from NC (*)

Global Rank:

G5 - 1000+ Extant Populations - Demonstrably secure in the world (*)

State Status:

SR - Significantly Rare (*)

Notes:

Saprophytic. Rare throughout North Carolina.

Closeup of Bloom

image

© David R. McAdoo

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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