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Asphodelus fistulosus

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Family: AsphodelaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual, perennial herb, shrub [tree], fleshy or not, rhizomed. Stem: branched or not. Leaf: basal or +- so or in terminal clusters, alternate, linear to widely lanceolate [ovate], small (1.5--27 cm, 0.5--3 mm wide) [to large (1.9--4 m, 3--6 cm wide)], leathery or not, fleshy or not, entire or with minute sharp teeth or coarse prickles. Inflorescence: panicle [spike, raceme], bracts scattered. Flower: perianth parts 6, in 2 petal-like whorls, radial or +- bilateral, free or +- fused; stamens 6, equal or not, anthers attached at base or middle; ovary superior, chambers 3. Fruit: capsule, loculicidal. Seed: 6--many, flat, angled, or winged, gray, brown, +- black, black-brown.
Genera In Family: +- 17 genera, 800 species: Africa, Mediterranean to central Asia.
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: AsphodelusView Description 

Common Name: ASPHODEL
Habit: Annual, perennial herb. Leaf: basal, alternate, linear, entire. Inflorescence: bracts persistent, narrowly lanceolate, scarious; pedicels jointed. Flower: perianth parts +- free, white or +- pink; filaments widened, especially toward base; stigma head-like, +- 3-lobed. Seed: 6, black.
Species In Genus: 12 species: southern Europe. Etymology: (Greek: ancient name, flower of Hades and the dead)

Asphodelus fistulosus L.
Habit: Annual or short-lived perennial herb; roots many from +- tuber-like stem bases. Stem: 15--70 cm, branched, hollow. Leaf: many, 10--30 cm, +- 4 mm diam, +- cylindric, hollow, bases wide, membranous. Inflorescence: open. Flower: 5--12 mm; perianth parts oblong, obtuse, white, midrib white or brown-orange; stamens exserted, of 2 lengths, longest = style. Fruit: 5--7 mm, +- spheric. Seed: 3--4 mm. Chromosomes: 2n=28,56.
Ecology: Disturbed areas, fields; Elevation: < 50 m. Bioregional Distribution: s SnJV, CCo, SCo, s ChI (San Clemente Island), expected elsewhere; Distribution Outside California: native to southern Europe. Flowering Time: Mar--Jul
eFlora Treatment Author: Dale W. McNeal
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Citation for this treatment: Dale W. McNeal 2016. Asphodelus fistulosus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 03, 2016.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on May 03, 2016.

Geographic subdivisions for Asphodelus fistulosus:
s SnJV, CCo, SCo, s ChI (San Clemente Island), expected elsewhere;
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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