White Colic Root

Roadside Yellow Colic-root  (Aletris lutea) with a translucent crab spider about to enjoy a meal of mosquito. Photo taken in Tate's Hell state forest in Franklin County, Florida. Nikon D750 with Venus Laowa 15mm macro lens

Aletris farinosa

Synonyms:
Unicorn Root, True Unicorn
Aletris_farinosa (Wikipedia)

Aletris farinosa
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Aletris farinosa
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Dioscoreales
Family:Nartheciaceae
Genus:Aletris
Species:
A. farinosa
Binomial name
Aletris farinosa
Synonyms
  • Aletris alba Michx.
  • Aletris lucida Raf.

Aletris farinosa, called the unicorn root, true unicorn, crow-corn, white colic-root or white stargrass, is a plant species found across much of the eastern United States. It has also been reported from the southern part of Ontario, Canada. It is known from every state east of the Mississippi River except Vermont, as well as Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Aletris farinosa is a perennial herb spreading by means of underground rhizomes and forming rosettes of leaves. Leaves are narrow, up to 20 cm long, bright yellowish-green. Flowering stalks can be as much as 100 cm tall. Flowers are white, up to 10 mm long. Fruit is a dry capsule tapering at the tip.

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