Allium ramosum

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Fragrant-flowered Garlic
Chinese chives
Allium ramosum 01.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. ramosum
Binomial name
Allium ramosum
L. 1753 not Georgi 1779 nor Jacq. 1781

Allium ramosum, called Fragrant-flowered Garlic[3] or Chinese chives[4][5] is a northern Asian species of wild onion native to Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, the Russian Far East, and northern China (Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Shanxi, Xinjiang).[2][6][7][8][9] The species is also naturalized in a few places in eastern Europe.[2][10] In its native range, it grows at elevations of 500–2100 m.[11]

Allium ramosum has clusters of narrow bulbs. Scapes are up to 60 cm tall. Leaves are linear, keeled, shorter than the scape. Umbels have many flowers crowded together. Tepals are white or pale red with a red midvein.[11][12][13]


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  4. ^ All Things Plant, Photo of the bloom of Chinese Chives (Allium ramosum) posted by zuzu
  5. ^ Plantsw for a Future, Chinese chives, Allium ramosum
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  11. ^ a b Flora of China v 24 p 180 野韭 ye jiu Allium ramosum
  12. ^ Y.P.Hsu. 1987. Acta Botanica Boreali-Occidentalia Sinica. Yangling 7(4): 259.
  13. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 296.