Jacquemont's Onion
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Jacquemont's Onion
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Jacquemont's Onion
Botanical name: Allium jacquemontii    Family: Alliaceae (Onion family)
Synonyms: Allium miserabile

Jacquemont's Onion is a plant 15-35 cm tall. Bulb is ovoid, 0.5-1.2 cm broad; outer coats leathery, striped, black-brown; inner membranous. Flowering stems are slender, hairless. Leaves are 2-3, linear, fistular, 0.5-1.5 mm broad, hairless. Flowers are borne in hemispherical, dense flowered umbels, about 3 cm across. Flower-stalks are thread-like, about 1.5 cm long. Tepals are rose colored, about 5 mm long, oval, pointed. Filaments are about 2/3 the length of the tepals, entire, inner broader, triangular; anthers dark violet. Style does not protrude out, stigma is headlike. Jacquemont's Onion is found in Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Western Himalaya. It is a common species in the plains and the foothills, but also found at high altitudes. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Bajaura, Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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