Yellow-Flower Onion
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Yellow-Flower Onion
ative Photo: Suresh Rana
Common name: Yellow-Flower Onion
Botanical name: Allium semenovii    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Allium tristylum

Yellow-Flower Onion is an onion like plant with yellow flowers in dense spherical cluster up tp 3 cm across, with a broad papery spathe. Petals are oblong-lanceshaped long-pointed, 1.3-1.8 cm, stamens shorter than petals. Leaves are usually 2, stout, hollow, pointed, 6-13 mm broad, with a long sheath. The leaves are about as long as the stout stem which is 15-40 cm tall. Bulb is cylindrical, covered with old fibrous sheaths. Leaves are eaten as vegetable. Yellow-Flower Onion is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Himachal Pradesh, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m, and Central Asia to China. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Suresh Rana Photographed in Paddar Valley, Jammu & Kashmir.

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