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Allium shevockii

Allium shevockii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. shevockii
Binomial name
Allium shevockii
McNeal

Allium shevockii is a species of wild onion known by the common name Spanish Needle onion.

Description

Allium shevockii, the Spanish Needle onion, grows from a bulb one to one and a half centimeters wide which may have one or two large daughter bulblets.

Atop the stem is an inflorescence of up to 30 flowers, each just over a centimeter wide. The six shiny tepals are maroon to rich pink in color and may be white near the bases. In a manner unique among the onions, the tepals are reflexed, curling outward from the flower center.

Distribution

The plant is endemic to California where it grows on the talus slopes of the High Sierra. It is a resident of Owens Peak, which is the highest point in the Sierra. It is named after the Sierra mountain peak known as Spanish Needle.

External links

  • Allium shevockiiJepson Manual Treatment:
  • (Spanish Needle onion)Allium shevockiiUSDA Plants Profile —
  • Bureau of Land Management Profile
  • — U.C. Photo galleryAllium shevockii


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