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Useful Temperate Plants

Aletris pauciflora

(Klotzsch) Hand.-Mazz.

Nartheciaceae

+ Synonyms

Aletris khasiana Hook.f.

Aletris lanuginosa Bureau & Franch.

Aletris mairei H.Lév.

Aletris nepalensis Hook.f.

Stachyopogon pauciflorus Klotzsch

Stachyopogon spicatus Klotzsch

Common Name:

Aletris pauciflora
Flowering plants
Photograph by: G. Yatskievych
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Aletris pauciflora Aletris pauciflora

General Information

Aletris pauciflora is a herbaceous, perennial plant producing one or more basal rosettes of leaves 3 - 25cm long from a thickened, fleshy, rhizomatous rootstock. Erect, flowering stems 5 - 60cm long are produced in spring and summer[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

E. Asia - southwest China, India, Nepal, Bhutan, northern Myanmar.

Habitat

Mixed, coniferous, and broad-leaved forests, scrub, bamboo scrub, swamps, marshes, bogs, stream banks, wet flushes, damp meadows, grassy alpine slopes, open stony pastures, exposed ridges, river gravels, moraines, rocks; 1,500 - 4,900 metres[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.40 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Aletris pauciflora is found at moderate to high elevations in the subtropical hills and mountains of southwest China and the Himalayas. It experinces frost in these areas. It should be hardy in areas of the temperate zone with mild winters.
Species in this genus generally grow well in a sunny position in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The root is chewed as a treatment for coughs and colds[
372
Title
Flowers of India
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.flowersofindia.net/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A wed site of native Indian plants, plus cultivated and naturalized species. It has good quality photos and terse details on more than 3,000 species and cultivars.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no details for this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in early spring. Sow the seed thinly to allow the seedlings to be grown on for their first year without potting them up, but give a liquid feed from time to time to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Prick the young plants out into individual pots the following spring and grow them on in the greenhouse for the next winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Division in spring.
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