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Aletris bracteata (Bracted colicroot)
Smith, R.W.

Aletris bracteata

Aletris bracteata Northrop

Bracted Colicroot, Bracted Unicorn Root, Bahamian Unicorn Root, White Colicroot

Liliaceae (Lily Family)


USDA Symbol: ALBR6

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Capsule
Leaf: Leaves linear-lanceolate.
Flower: Flowers are cylindrical and six-lobed.
Fruit: The capsule has three locules.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Flowers are typically creamy-white, but on some plants may be yellow. Plants with flower color intermediate with yellow-flowered Aletris lutea may be hybrids of the two species. Some flowering plants can be found year-round, but most flowering occurs from February to May.


Native Distribution: South Florida and The Bahamas.
Native Habitat: Wet soils and savannas and in pine rocklands.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Limestone-based marl near freshwater marshes.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Aletris bracteata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Aletris bracteata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Aletris bracteata


Record Modified: 2018-01-03
Research By: JAM

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