1049.000 Allium - 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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Other sources of information about Allium:
(electronic Plant Information Center): AlliumFlora Zambesiaca
web site: AlliumGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for AlliumIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): AlliumKew Herbarium catalogue
: AlliumKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Allium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2106, retrieved 18 April 2014