1049.000 Allium L. - Onions

Description of the genus

Perennial, scapose herbs with a bulbous base, smelling strongly of onions. Leaves mainly linear, sometimes broader. Flowers borne in a terminal umbel; bulbils often present between the flowers; sometimes replacing them. Perianth-segments persistent. Stamens free or connate. Style gynobasic. Fruit a membranous capsule; seeds black, 1-2 per loculus.

Worldwide: c.690 species from Eurasia to Africa, Sri Lanka and Mexico

Zimbabwe: 3 cultivated taxa.

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SpeciesContent
cepa L.
sativum L.
schoenoprasum L.

Other sources of information about Allium:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Allium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Allium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Allium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Allium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Allium
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Allium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Allium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2106, retrieved 15 September 2014

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