Cyr., Pl. Rar. Neap. 1:13 (1788).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Naples onion.
Stem rather stout but hollow, plano-convex, 30-60 cm high, the flat side with 2 acute angles, the other side rounded; sheathed near the base by 2 leaves whose blades are flat broad-linear and to 12 mm broad; bulb small, brown, ovoid, sometimes with a few bulbils.
Spathe of 1 ovate acuminate bract shorter than the flowers; flowers saucer-shaped, a pure white and c. 25 in a spreading many-flowered umbel; pedicels almost equal, 25-30 mm long; perianth-segments ovate, obtuse, 8-10 mm long; stamens enclosed, with all the filaments simple.
Polunin & Huxley (1965) Flowers of the Mediterranean, pl. 250; Grey-Wilson & Mathew (1981) Bulbs, p. 13.
Introduced as a garden plant, but now fairly widespread in settled areas.
S.Aust.: LE, FR, EP, NL, YP, SL, KI, SE. Vic. Native to the Mediterranean region.
Flowering time: Sept. — Dec.
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