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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 26 | Liliaceae | Chlorogalum

1. Chlorogalum pomeridianum (de Candolle) Kunth, Enum. Pl. 4: 682. 1843.

Scilla pomeridiana de Candolle, Cat. Pl. Hort. Monsp., 143. 1813; Anthericum pomeridianum (de Candolle) Ker Gawler; Laothoë pomeridiana (de Candolle) Rafinesque; Phalangium pomeridianum (de Candolle) Sweet

Bulbs 7–15 cm, tunic thick, with numerous coarse, brown fibers of old bulb scales (except var. minus). Leaves 2–7 dm × 6–25 mm, margins usually strongly undulate. Panicles 3–25 dm, branches many. Flowers vespertine, open 1 night only, closed by next morning; tepals spreading and recurved at anthesis, white with green or purple midveins, linear, 1.5–2.5 cm; stamens shorter than tepals; anthers purple or yellow, ca. 3 mm; pollen yellow or whitish; style 10–15 mm, from shorter to longer than tepals; pedicel slender, 5–35 mm, usually ca. equal to or exceeding perianth. Capsules 5–7 mm.

Varieties 3 (3 in the flora): California, Oregon.

1 Bulb tunic membranous or with few coarse fibers.   1c var. minus
+ Bulb tunic not membranous, with numerous coarse fibers.   (2)
2 (1) Panicles erect, 5–25 dm.   1a var. pomeridianum
+ Panicles nearly prostrate or with branches diverging widely from base, 3–4 dm or shorter.   1b var. divaricatum


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