Species Detail

Aletris farinosa L.
white olic-root

Scientific Name:  
Aletris farinosa L.
Common Name:  
white olic-root
Myaamia Name:  
Harvest Seasons:  
Oak Forest including Oak-Hickory, Beech-Oak-Maple Mixed Mesophytic, Dry Prairie grasslands
Growth Forms:  

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Aletris farinosa L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
Pease, Theodore Calvin and Raymond C. Werner 1934 Description  p. 372 –
Thwaites, R.G. (editor) 1966 Description  p. 101 –
Dunn, J.P. Circa 1900 Use - Medicinal  medicinal plant used as an antidote to poison.
Bussard, H 1960 Use - Medicinal  root used as medicine.
Botanical Sources  
Aletris farinosa L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
Gleason, H.A. & Cronquist, A. 1991   occurs in open woods and barrens throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Pease, Theodore Calvin and Raymond C. Werner 1934  
Related Sources  
Aletris farinosa L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   entries cited from Dunn and Deliette 1721 are most likely describing colic-root; although they may also be referring to Devils bit; Chamaelirium lutem
Dablon, C. 1677   entries from Marquette 1673 may be referring to a different plant altogether; as seen in the discrepancies between descriptions; Kentons 1925 edited version of the same passage has a footnote noting that although the plant cannot be identified by the description given; the two plants Aristolochia serpentaria and Polygala senega have been known for their treatment of venonous snake bites
Coulter, S 1932   dried rhizomes of roots taken in small doses 0.6-4.0 gm have medicinal cathartic and emetic properties p. 10 –
Coulter, S 1932   colic-root was used medicinally by the Catawba Indians of North and South Carolina
No Reference Specified   wild yam; Dioscorea villosa L. is also sometimes called coli-root but not commonly
No Reference Specified   white colic-root has been used medicinally by the Cherokee; Catawba; and Micmac cultures