4. Aletris laxiflora Bureau & Franchet, J. Bot. (Morot). 5: 155. 1891.
疏花粉条儿菜 shu hua fen tiao er cai
Aletris elata F. T. Wang & T. Tang; A. gracilipes F. T. Wang & T. Tang; A. revoluta Franchet; Mondo cavaleriei (H. Léveillé) Farwell; Ophiopogon cavaleriei H. Léveillé.
Leaves numerous, densely tufted, linear, 3--25(--35) cm × 1.5--6(--10) mm. Scape 10--70 cm. Raceme 2--30 cm, somewhat densely to very laxly 4--60-flowered; rachis pubescent or puberulent. Flowers subsessile to distinctly pedicellate; pedicel 0.5--6(--10) mm, pubescent or puberulent; bract and bracteole usually borne at or near apex of pedicel (rarely at middle or base); bract lanceolate to narrowly so, 3--12 mm, shorter than flower (sometimes a few bracts at base of raceme to 2 × flower length), glabrous, apex acute. Perianth white to pink, 4--7.5 mm, glabrous (but sometimes slightly puberulent at base of tube); tube very short, broadly funnelform; lobes erect, spreading, recurved, or revolute, narrowly oblong or narrowly lanceolate, 2--5.5 × 0.8--1.5 mm, 1--5 × tube length, apex obtuse to acute. Capsule narrowly ovoid to subglobose, 4--8 × 2--4 mm, apex of valves abruptly narrowed; style 1--3 mm; stigma thickened or not. Fl. Mar--Aug, fr. Apr--Aug.
* Forests, river banks, stream beds, rocks; 1100--2900 m. Guizhou, Sichuan, E Xizang (Bomi Xian).
Typical Aletris laxiflora from C Sichuan and E Xizang has short, usually erect perianth lobes, while plants from C and E Sichuan and Guizhou have longer, often recurved or revolute perianth lobes, and have been called A. revoluta. Intermediate plants occur where the two entities overlap in C Sichuan. All are here regarded as a single, variable species. The type of A. gracilipes from C Sichuan, also belongs here and not under A. stelliflora (i.e., A. gracilis) as given in FRPS; it is unusual in having 6--10 mm long pedicels with a basal bract and bracteole.