Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wetland Plant of the Week #17

Aletris farinosa

"White colicroot"

Superficially, Aletris farinosa resembles Wetland Plant #16 from last week’s post; however A. farinosa isn’t an orchid but rather a lily (Liliaceae). Although classified as Facultative in Florida, colicroot is adapted to hydric flatwoods and marginal areas of marshes and bogs. A. farinose is a perennial with a spike-like raceme of flowers arranged along the leafless stem and displays a flat rosette of leaves at the base.

“Jay the Banjo Picken’ Botanist” photographed this one in Levy County, Florida.

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