Stellaster gageoides (Zucc.) Kuntze
Plants thin, slender, up to 10 cm in height, with groups of bulbils in leaf axils of the inflorescences and without basal leaf. Bulb of 5-6 mm in diameter, obliquely-dro p-shaped, covered with thin-coriaceous, light brown tunics. Vegetative bulbils light brown, almost smooth, in juvenile plants few groups of the roundish and elongated bulbils of 0.3-1 mm in diameter. At generative stage single, extended downwards and aside hanging bulbil. Peduncle 3-5 cm long, in T.S. grooved-roundish, about 1 mm in diameter. Basal leaf only in juvenile stages, less often formed and in the first generative year, usually represented by
short (up to 1.5 cm) rudiment, in T.S. grooved-triangular-roundish, 0.4-0.5 mm in diameter. Leaves on peduncle alternate, numerous, decreasing in size, lower almost reaches the inflorescence, narrowly lanceolate, (gradually) pointed. Inflorescence 1-4-flowered, branched, with groups of vegetative bulbils in each axil. Tepals 6-8 mm long, 2-2.5 mm broad, inside bright yellow, outside green, lanceolate, obtuse. Tepals in both whorls of the same size. Anthers yellow, oblong, 2 mm long, dehiscence roundish, 1 mm in diameter. Ovary obovate, on a long stipe. Capsule elliptic, narrowed into a long stipe. Seeds dull brown, from terete or faceted to lobule-form.
Fl. Per.: April-May
Type: "Libanon, in subalpinis umbrosis, Majus 1838, Roth et Erdl" (M).
Distribution: Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Turkey, S. Armenia, Iraq, Iran, Turkmenistan, S. Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, N. Pakistan.