|Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange|
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Jepson Interchange (more information)
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Perennial to trees, from membranous bulb, fibrous corm, scaly rhizome, or erect caudex
Stem generally underground
Leaves generally basal, often withering early, alternate, generally ± linear
Inflorescence various, generally bracted
Flower generally bisexual, generally radial; perianth often showy, segments generally 6 in two petal-like whorls (outer sometimes sepal-like), free or fused at base; stamens 6 (or 3 + generally 3 ± petal-like staminodes), filaments sometimes attached to perianth or fused into a tube or crown; ovary superior or inferior, chambers 3, placentas generally axile, style generally 1, stigmas generally 3
Fruit: generally capsule, loculicidal or septicidal (berry or nut)
Genera in family: ± 300 genera, 4600 species: especially ± dry temp and subtropical; many cultivated for ornamental or food;
some TOXIC. Here includes genera sometimes treated in Agavaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and other families.
Perennial with onion odor, taste; bulb solitary or on rhizomes, reforming each year, divides at base into daughter bulbs, outer bulb coats generally brown or gray, cell sculpture generally important to identification, inner bulb coats generally white
Stem scapose, cylindric or flat
Leaves basal, 15, linear, cylindric, channeled, or flat, generally withering from tip before flower
Inflorescence: umbel; bracts generally 24, conspicuous, ± fused, scarious
Flower: perianth segments 6, in 2 petal-like whorls; stamens 6, epipetalous, filaments wide at base, fused into a ring; ovary superior, sometimes with 3 or 6 crests, chambers 3, ovules generally 2 per chamber, style 1, stigma entire or 3-lobed
Fruit: capsule, loculicidal
Seed obovoid, black, sculpture net-like, smooth, or granular
Species in genus: 500 species: worldwide, especially CA
Etymology: (Latin: garlic)
Bulb 1015 mm, ± spheric; daughter bulbs 12, large, stalked, near bulb base, forming thread-like rhizomes with 1 terminal bulb; outer coat brown to gray, sculpture 0 or 23 rows of vertical cells above root pad; inner bulb coats light yellow, becoming redSee the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
Stem 1020 cm
Leaf 1.52.5 X stem, cylindric
Inflorescence: flowers generally 1230; pedicels 1016 mm
Flower 1214 mm; perianth parts oblanceolate to ovate, maroon near tip, white or green below, outer tips reflexed and curled, inner ± flaring; ovary crests 6, prominent, margins irregular, tip generally notched
Ecology: Metamorphic outcrops, talus
Elevation: 20002500 m.
Bioregional distribution: s High Sierra Nevada (Spanish Needle Peak, ne Kern Co.)
Horticultural information: In cultivation.