Hexalectris revoluta Correll

Correll's Cock's Comb, Curly Coral Root

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There are no synonyms for this orchid.

Hexalectris revoluta, the Curly Coral Root, is known from a very few locations in Texas and northern Mexico. This leafless orchid produces about 15 widely-spaced flowers that are purple to tan with darker veins. The sepals and lateral petals are rolled back to form a tight coil, a feature that distinguishes this orchid from other members in the genus that may grow in the same area. The labellum is deeply lobed with crimson veins and white ridges along the central lobe. Hexalectris revoluta can be found in moist to dry oak-juniper woodlands and has been recorded in the Chisos and Glass Mountains.

Hexalectris revoluta is considered critically imperiled.

Pollination

This orchid is autogamous.

Ecosystem Type

Woodlands

Characteristics

Habitat:
terrestrial
Leaf arrangement:
this plant has no leaves
Form of the labellum:
the labellum is not pouch-like
Main color of labellum:
  • other
  • pink to red
  • white
Nectar spur:
absent
Inflorescence type:
the inflorescence is a raceme
Labellum characteristics:
the labellum is lobed
Labellum length:
Up to 15 mm
Sepal length:
Up to 8 mm
Plant height:
40–50 cm
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Native to North America

Yes

North American Conservation Status & Distribution

Conservation Status

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Conservation and Wetland Status
Global Rank Critically Imperiled
US Status N/A
Canadian Status N/A

North America Distribution

Adapted from USDA data