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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cepa L.
sativum L.
schoenoprasum L.

Other sources of information about Allium:

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Allium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Allium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Allium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Allium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Allium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Allium
JSTOR Plant Science: Allium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Allium
Plants of the World Online: Allium
Tropicos: Allium
Wikipedia: Allium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Allium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2106, retrieved 28 February 2024

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