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67. Allium spurium G. Don, Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 6: 59. 1827.

岩韭 yan jiu

Description from Flora of China

Allium dauricum Frizen; A. saxicola Kitagawa.

Bulb solitary or paired, cylindric to conical-cylindric, 0.5--1.5 cm in diam., attached to a subterranean, normally not thick rhizome; tunic whitish gray, membranous, apex splitting. Leaves narrowly linear, straight, shorter or longer than scape, (1.5--)2--4 mm wide, flat to convex-flat, fleshy, margin minutely scabrous, apex acute to gradually attenuate, truncate. Scape (20--)30--40 cm, terete, not angled, wingless, covered with leaf sheaths only at base. Spathe 2-valved, usually caducous, apex acuminate. Umbel laxly hemispheric, many flowered. Pedicels (2--)3--4 × as long as perianth, usually ebracteolate. Perianth whitish pink or rose pink to pink-lilac, lustrous; segments with red, fine midvein or without midvein, narrowly elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 4.5--5.5(--6) × 1.5--2 mm, apex truncate to acute; outer ones boat-shaped. Filaments subulate, subequal, slightly longer than perianth segments, connate at base and adnate to perianth segments; inner ones wider than outer. Ovary ovoid, without concave nectaries. Style exserted. Fl. Jul-Aug. 2 n = 32.

Allium spurium A. spirale, and A. senescens are closely related taxa, and have been united under the name A. senescens in treatments in other floras, e.g., FRPS and Fl. URSS.

Saline meadows, steppes, sandy places, sometimes stony places and cliffs. Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, E Nei Mongol [Mongolia, Russia].


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