Allium elmendorfii M.E. Jones ex Ownbey
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Allium elmendorfii image
Bulbs 1-3, larger bulbs each bearing 3-10 basal bulbels surrounding roots, not clustered on stout, primary rhizome, ovoid, 1-1.5 × 0.8-1.5 cm; outer coats enclosing 1 or more bulbs, thin, membranous, lacking reticulation, without persistent fibers; inner coats whitish, cells vertically elongate or contorted, walls very sinuous. Leaves persistent, green at anthesis, 3-6, basally sheathing, sheaths not extending much above soil surface; blades solid, flat, channeled, 15-40 cm × 1-3 mm, margins entire. Scape persistent, 1-3, clustered, erect, solid, terete, 15-40 cm × 1-4 mm. Umbel persistent, erect, loose, 10-30-flowered, hemispheric, bulbils unknown; spathe bracts persistent, 3-4, 4-5-veined, ovate, ± equal, apex acuminate. Flowers ± stellate to campanulate, 5-6 mm; tepals erect or ± spreading, ± flexuous, white or pinkish, lanceolate, ± equal, papery and withering away from fruit, margins entire or nearly so, apex obtuse, midribs thickened; stamens included; anthers yellow; pollen yellow; ovary crestless; style linear, equaling stamens; stigma capitate, unlobed to distinctly lobed; pedicel 1-2.5 mm, elongating in fruit. Seed coat shining; cells smooth. 2n = 14. Flowering Mar--early Apr. Sandy soil; of conservation concern; 100--200 m; Tex. Allium elmendorfii is known only from the Carrizo sands of eastern Bexar, Frio, Wilson, and Atacosa counties.