Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Aletris Linnaeus. Colic-root, Stargrass, Miller's-maid.

Key to Aletris

As circumscribed here (excluding Metanarthecium, following Fuse, Lee, & Tamura 2012), a genus of about 30 species, of e. North America and e. Asia.

ID notes: A distinctive genus, with a basal rosette of yellowish-green, lanceolate leaves with sharply pointed tips, and a nearly leafless flowering stalk with numerous, small, white or yellow flowers

Ref: Fuse, Lee, & Tamura (2012); Spaulding et al. (2021); Sullivan (2002) In Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2002a); Tamura In Kubitzki (1998a); Ward (1978); Weigant (2002); Zomlefer (1997b). Show full citations.

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