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4. Aletris lutea Small, Bull. New York Bot. Gard. 1: 278. 1896.

Yellow colic-root

Leaves 7–18 × 1–2.6 cm; blade bright green, linear to lanceolate. Scape 5–10 dm. Flowers: perianth usually yellow to golden yellow, rarely white, cylindrical, 9–12 mm, more than 2.5 times as long as broad, lobes spreading. Fruits: beaks gradually narrowed distally. 2n = 26.

Flowering spring. Seasonally wet to flooded pine flatwoods, savannas, bogs; 0 m; Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss.

A white-flowered form of Aletris lutea was described as forma albiflora E. T. Browne. Hybrids of A. lutea × obovata occur commonly in intermixed populations and have pale yellow corollas of intermediate shape (V. I. Sullivan 1973). These hybrids have been named as A. ×tottenii E. T. Browne.


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