Allium praecox Brandegee
Source: Collecitons database
Family: Amaryllidaceae
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Gary A. Monroe  
Bulbs 1-3, increase bulbs absent or ± equaling parent bulbs, never appearing as basal cluster, not clustered on stout primary rhizome, ovoid to globose, 1-1.8 × 1-1.7 cm; outer coats enclosing 1 or more bulbs, gray-brown to brown, prominently cellular-reticulate, membranous, cells arranged in ± vertical rows, forming irregular herringbone pattern, transversely elongate, V-shaped, without fibers; inner coats white, cells obscure, ± transversely elongate, contorted. Leaves persistent, withering from tip by anthesis, 2-3, basally sheathing, sheaths not extending much above soil surface; blade solid, flat, broadly channeled, carinate, 20-75 cm × 5-10 mm, margins entire. Scape persistent, solitary, erect, solid, terete, 20-60 cm × 2-4 mm. Umbel shattering after seeds mature, each flower deciduous with its pedicel as a unit, erect, loose, 5-40-flowered, hemispheric, bulbils unknown; spathe bracts persistent, 2, 5-7-veined, lanceolate to lance-ovate, ± equal, apex acuminate. Flowers stellate, 6-13 mm; tepals spreading at anthesis, white to pale pink with purple midveins, lance-ovate to ovate, ± equal, becoming papery and connivent over capsule, margins entire, apex acute, obtuse, or emarginate; stamens included; anthers purple and yellow; pollen yellow; ovary crested; processes 3, central, 2-lobed, minute, margins entire; style linear, equaling stamens; stigma capitate, scarcely thickened, unlobed; pedicel 15-40 mm. Seed coat shining; cells minutely roughened. 2n = 14. Flowering Mar--May. Clay soil on shaded, grassy slopes near coast; 50--800 m; Calif.; Mexico (Baja California).
Allium praecox image
Gary A. Monroe  
Allium praecox image
Gary A. Monroe  
Allium praecox image
Gary A. Monroe  
Allium praecox image
Gary A. Monroe  
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image
Allium praecox image