Aletris lutea

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Aletris lutea
Aletris lutea.jpg
Photo by Katelin Pearson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Tracheophyta - Vascular plants
Class: Magnoliopsida– Monocotyledons
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Nartheciaceae
Genus: Aletris
Species: A. lutea
Binomial name
Aletris lutea
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Natural range of Aletris lutea from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Yellow colicroot

Taxonomic notes

The genus name Aletris comes for the Greek word for a female slave who ground corn, this is in reference to the perianth shaped like a corn kernel.[1]

No synonyms.[2]

No varieties.[2]


A description of Aletris lutea is provided in The Flora of North America.




Flowers in January and March to June with peak inflorescence in April and May.[3]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. [[1]]Alabama Plants. Accessed: March 22, 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  3. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 7 DEC 2016