Anthericum ramosum (*)
* Endogona ramosa (L.) Raf., Fl. Tellur. 2: 28. 1837.
* Anthericum gracile Salisb., Prodr. Stirp. Chap. Allerton: 249. 1796.
* Govaerts, R. (2006). World Checklist of Monocotyledons. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2009 Mar 24 .
Anthericum ramosum is a herbaceous perennial plant with a rhizome belonging to the genus Anthericum of the Liliaceae family.
Anthericum ramosum reaches on average 30–70 centimetres (12–28 in) of height. The grass-like leaves are 50 centimetres (20 in) long and two to six millimeters wide and are generally much shorter than the inflorescence. It has an erect, paniculate inflorescence. The flower spikes are branched (hence the Latin name ramosus), unlike Anthericum liliago. The six tepals are white, 10–13 millimetres (0.39–0.51 in) long, as the six stamens. The flower is scentless and pure white, the anthers are bright yellow. The flowering period extends from June through August. The capsular fruit is spherical to three-faced. The flowers are pollinated by hymenopterans, while the seed distribution is done by the wind.
This species is present in the most of Europe, more common in southern countries and widespread to Central Asia and Russia.
These plants grow in sunny areas and calcareous soils, on semiarid grasslands, slopes and forest edges. In the Alps they can be found at an altitude of 0–1,600 metres (0–5,200 ft) above sea level.
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