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Allium fimbriatum

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamilia: Allioideae
Tribus: Allieae
Genus: Allium
Subgenus: A. subg. Amerallium
Sectio: A. sect. Lophioprason
Species: Allium fimbriatum
Varietas: A. f. var. denticulatum – A. f. var. fimbriatum – A. f. var. mohavense – A. f. var. purdyi –

Allium fimbriatum S.Watson, 1879

Watson, S., Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 14: 232 1879.
USDA, NRCS. 2006. The PLANTS Database, 6 March 2006 ( Data compiled from various sources by Mark W. Skinner. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
International Plant Names Index. 2017. Allium fimbriatum. Published online. Accessed: Sep-04 2017.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2017. Allium fimbriatum in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2017 Sep 04. Reference page.

Vernacular names
English: fringed onion

Allium fimbriatum is a species of wild onion known by the common name fringed onion. It is native to California and Baja California.[1][2][3]

The fringed onion grows from a reddish-brown bulb one to two centimeters wide and sends up a naked brown or green stem. Atop the stem is an inflorescence of up to 75 flowers, each just under a centimeter wide on average. The flowers are variable in color, from pink to purple and often with white areas. The tepals are also variable in shape, from narrow and pointy to spade-shaped.[4]


Numerous names have been proposed for subspecies and varieties, most of them now regarded as distinct species. The following are accepted by the World Checklist.[1]

Allium fimbriatum var. denticulatum Ownbey & Aase ex Traub
Allium fimbriatum var. fimbriatum
Allium fimbriatum var. mohavense Jeps.
Allium fimbriatum var. purdyi (Eastw.) Ownbey ex McNeal


Kew World Checklist of Seelected Plant Families
Biota of North American Program 2013 county distribution map
United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile
Flora of North America Vol. 26 Page 254 Allium fimbriatum S. Watson, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 14: 232. 1879.

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