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Location:  Collier County, Florida
Month of Photograph: February
Distribution Map: Aletris farinosa - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Nartheciaceae

Inflorescence

Aletris farinosa - Inflorescence "
Not all images on this page were photographed on the same day or at the same location. The precise location and date that specific photographs were taken can be obtained by email.
Pontederia cordata Is an Arkansas plant. It can be found in the book "Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Arkansas". However, the images shown on this page are from photographs taken in the Everglades National Park, Collier County, Florida.

Smith, Edwin. Keys to the Flora of Arkansas. Fayetteville, University of Arkansas Press, 1994. Print.

Aletris farinosa - basal Leaves Basal Leaves

For additional images of this species see the internet site Southeastern Flora: Southeaster US Plant Identification Resource.

For an excellent text description of the plant see Dr. John Hilty's web site Illinois Wildflowers.

Aletris farinosa - Leaf Abaxial Leaf, abaxial
Aletris farinosa - Leaf AdaxialLeaf, adaxial
Aletris farinosa - StemStem
Aletris farinosa - Whole Plant Whole Plant
Inflorescence
Aletris farinosa - Inflorescence

Flowers, frontal and lateral views
Aletris farinosa - Frontal and Lateral View

There are some flowers that do not have the easily dicernable sepals and petals which are usually present with most flowers. Instead these flowers will have a single set of petal-like blades that are referred to as "tepals".

Aletris farinosa is one of those species. The tepals of this plant are joined together - or fused - over most of the length of the blades. Interestingly these tepals have a very unusual surface texture. For the most part petals or tepals are relatively smooth. However, the flowers of Aletris farinosa have a very "bumpy" surface. In Dr. John Hilty's on-line article regarding this plant he says, "The outer white surfaces of the tepals have a texture that is conspicuously warty-mealy." Here you can clearly see what he means by "warty-mealy".

 

Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia provides a fine definition and discussion of the term "tepals".