Allium membranaceum Ownbey
Family: Amaryllidaceae
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Bulbs 1-3, producing bulbels in basal cluster around roots, ovoid, 1-1.6 × 0.9-1.4 cm; outer coats enclosing 1 or more bulbs, brown, membranous, obscurely cellular-reticulate, cells quadrate, walls very sinuous, without fibers; inner coats white or pink, cells obscure, quadrate. Leaves persistent, green at anthesis, 2-3, basally sheathing, sheaths not extending much above soil surface; blade solid, flat, 15-40 cm × 3-5 mm, margins entire. Scape persistent, solitary, erect, solid, terete, 15-40 cm × 1-3 mm. Umbel persistent, erect, loose, 15-35-flowered, ± globose, bulbils unknown; spathe bracts persistent, 2, 4-6-veined, lanceolate, ± equal, apex acuminate, setaceous. Flowers stellate, 7-12 mm; tepals spreading, pink or less commonly white, ovate to elliptic, ± equal, becoming papery in fruit, not carinate, margins entire, apex acute to acuminate, not involute; stamens included; anthers yellow; pollen yellow; ovary crested; processes 6, prominent, central, triangular, short, margins minutely denticulate; style linear, equaling stamens; stigma capitate, scarcely thickened, unlobed; pedicel 10-20 mm. Seed coat dull; cells each with minute, central papilla. 2n = 14. Flowering May--Jun. Wooded, shady slopes; 200--1400 m; Calif. Allium membranaceum is found in the foothills of the northern and central Sierra Nevada.