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Aletris scopulorum

Description from Flora of China

Aletris makiyataroi Naruhashi.

Rhizome cormlike, subglobose, 3--7 mm in diam. Leaves 1--5, laxly tufted, linear, 3--15 cm × 2--4.5 mm. Scape 10--35 cm, slender, often wiry. Raceme 2.5--12.5 cm, laxly 4--17-flowered, rachis pubescent. Flowers shortly pedicellate; pedicel 0.5--3.5 mm, pubescent; bract and bracteole borne on proximal 1/2 of pedicel; bract linear-lanceolate, 2--5.5 mm, shorter than or equaling flower, ± glabrous, apex acute. Perianth white, 3--5 mm, sparsely pubescent or glabrescent; tube campanulate; lobes erect or slightly recurved, narrowly oblong-lanceolate to linear, 1.5--2.5 × 0.3--0.7 mm, ca. 1 × tube length or slightly longer, apex obtuse to rounded. Capsule subglobose, 3--3.5 × 2.5--3 mm, apex of valves abruptly narrowed; style ca. 0.5 mm or indistinct; stigma not or only slightly thickened. Fl. Mar--Apr, fr. Apr.

The type of Aletris makiyataroi described from Japan in 1973, corresponds with that of A. scopulorum which was formerly considered endemic to China.

Roadside scrub, grassy slopes, moist places on steppes, wastelands; near sea level to 400 m. Fujian, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang [Japan].


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