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

Britain: 0 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus


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, 2008-23

Hyde, M.A. (2023). UK Flora: Cultivated plants: genus page: Allium., retrieved 3 October 2023

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