Cliff Colic-Root
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Cliff Colic-Root
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cliff Colic-Root
Botanical name: Aletris scopulorum    Family: Nartheciaceae (Asphodel family)
Synonyms: Aletris makiyataroi

Cliff Colic-Root is a perennial herb growing on rocky mountains. Rhizome is cormlike, sphereical, 3-7 mm in diameter. Leaves are 1-5, laxly tufted, linear, 3-15 cm × 2-4.5 mm. Flowering stem is 10-35 cm long, slender, often wiry. Flower raceme is 2.5-12.5 cm, laxly 4-17-flowered, rachis velvet-hairy. Flowers are shortly stalked - stalk 0.5-3.5 mm, velvety; bract and bracteole borne on proximal 1/2 of stalk. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped, 2-5.5 mm, shorter than or equaling flower, hairless, with pointed tip. Flowers are white, 3-5 mm, sparsely velvety or somewhat hairless; tube bell-shaped, petals erect or slightly recurved, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to linear, 1.5-2.5 × 0.3-0.7 mm, about as long as tube length or slightly longer, tip blunt to rounded. Capsules are nearly spherical, 3-3.5 × 2.5-3 mm, tip of valves abruptly narrowed; style about 0.5 mm or indistinct; stigma not or only slightly thickened. Cliff Colic-Root is generally found in parts of China, but we found it growing wild in Manipur. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on Shirui Hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.

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