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Aletris farinosa CBM-34.png
Aletris farinosa
1811 illustration[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Dioscoreales
Family: Nartheciaceae
Genus: Aletris

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  • Stachyopogon Klotzsch
  • Meta-aletris Masam.

Aletris, the colicroot, colicweed, crow corn, or unicorn root, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Nartheciaceae, native to North America and to eastern and southeastern Asia, especially China.[2][3][4] It was used as a component in Lydia Pinkham's original Vegetable Compound.


Aletris species include:[2][3][5]


  1. ^ Curtis's Botanical Magazine v. 34 (1811)
  2. ^ a b c "World Checklist of Selected Plant Families: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  3. ^ a b "Aletris in Flora of China @". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  4. ^ "Aletris in Flora of North America @". Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  5. ^ Biota of North America Program, 2013 county distribution maps