Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in pine savannas, pine flatwoods, seepage bogs, upland woodlands, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals, connate basally
6 stamens
Ovary partly superior

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Dioscoreales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aletris farinosa   FAMILY Nartheciaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aletris farinosa   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-20-003:
Aletris farinosa   FAMILY Liliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern White Colic-root, White-star Grass, Stargrass, Mealy Colicroot


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_alfa2_001_lvd

        

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0505u_26

May    Williamsburg County    SC

Whitish flowers in a stiff, spikelike raceme 4-12" long, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm090516_029

May        

Francis Marion National Forest

Outer surface of perianth finely covered with blunt projections, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas..

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm090516_230

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Perianth constricted just below the lobes; lobes lanceolate, spreading, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm120525_504

May    Oconee County    SC

A close-set cluster of yellowish-green lance-shaped 2-5" basal leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

Steve Marlow    snm090516_063

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0406k_18

June    Oconee County    SC

The only Colicroot that occurs outside of the Southeastern Coastal Plain, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0506i_22

June    Oconee County    SC

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm090613_012

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Pollinator at work.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm090613_016

June        

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm120623_095

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Fruit a 3-chambered capsule, tapered to a long beak, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_farinosa_colicroot2

June    Floyd County    GA

picture of Aletris farinosa, image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm151108_659

November    Oconee County    SC