Common name: Small Alpine Onion, Ornamental Allium
Botanical name: Allium humile Family: Alliaceae (Onion family)
Synonyms: Allium govanianum, Allium nivale
Small Alpine Onion is a species of onion found at high altitudes in the
Himalayas. Flowers are white, star-shaped, in a rather lax umbel 2.5-4 cm
across, borne on a leafy stem. Narrow-elliptic petals, about 1 cm long,
spread outwards, and are much longer than the stamens. Out flower stalks
are usually longer than the flowers. Spathe lobes are broadly ovate.
Leaves are many, flat, 2-5 mm broad, blunt, usually shorter at flowering
than the stem. The stem itself is 7-25 cm tall. Bulbs are clustered,
cylindrical, covered with fibrous leaf-bases. Small Alpine Onion is found
on open alpine slopes, from Pakistan to W Nepal, at altitudes of 3000-4000
m. Flowering: June-August.
Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
|Photographed at Rohtang Pass & Valley of Flowers.|