Allium munzii

Allium munzii , Photo: US Forest Service

Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Divisio: Magnoliophyta
Classis: Liliopsida
Subclassis: Liliidae
Ordo: Asparagales
Familia: Alliaceae
Genus: Allium
Species: Allium munzii

Name

Allium munzii, (Ownbey & Aase) McNeal

Vernacular names

References

USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 (http://plants.usda.gov). Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Allium munzii is a rare species of wild onion known by the common name Munz's onion. It is endemic to western Riverside County, California, where it grows in the coastal sage scrub of the local hills and mountains. It is known from only about fifteen occurrences and it is threatened by development of its habitat for human uses such as citrus agriculture and urbanization. It is a federally listed endangered species. This onion grows from a reddish brown bulb just over a centimeter long. It produces an erect stem up to about 35 centimeters in maximum height and a single leaf which is usually a bit longer. The inflorescence contains up to 35 flowers each under a centimeter long. They have dark-veined white tepals which turn red with age.

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