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

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0505u_26

May    Williamsburg County    SC

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

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JK Marlow    jkm090516_029

May        

Francis Marion National Forest

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

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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.

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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.

image of Aletris farinosa

Steve Marlow    snm090516_063

May    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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.

image of Aletris farinosa

JK Marlow    jkm0506i_22

June    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090613_012

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Pollinator at work.

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JK Marlow    jkm090613_016

June        

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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.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_farinosa_colicroot2

June    Floyd County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm151108_659

November    Oconee County    SC