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Allium tenuissimum


Allium tenuissimum is an Asian species of wild onion native to Mongolia, Asiatic Russia, Korea, Kazakhstan and China.<ref name=yusong>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref><ref name="freetibet">Flora of China v 24 p 185 细叶韭 xi ye jiu Allium tenuissimum</ref><ref>Choi, H.J. and Oh, B.U. (2011), A partial revision of Allium (Amaryllidaceae) in Korea and north-eastern China. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 167: 153–211. doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2011.01166.x</ref>

Allium tenuissimum produces a cluster of small, narrow bulbs. Scapes are up to 50 cm tall. Leaves are tubular, shorter than the scapes, about 10 mm in diameter. Flowers are white or pink with a narrow red midvein along each of the tepals.<ref name="freetibet"/><ref>Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 301.</ref><ref>Chen, Shan. 1983. Flora Intramongolica 8: 348, 199.</ref><ref>Sun, Qi-shi. 1992. Flora Liaoningica 2: 717.</ref><ref>Regel, Eduard August von. 1887. Trudy Imperatorskago S.-Peterburgskago Botaničeskago Sada 10(1): 342.</ref><ref>Regel, Eduard August von. 1875. Alliorum Adhuc Cognitorum Monographia 175.</ref><ref>MU Qi yun (Department of Food Engineering,Shaanxi Normal University,Xian 710062,China);Study on the chemical composition of the flower of Allium tenuissimum by GC-MS[J];Acta Botanica Boreali-occidentalia Sinica;2001-06</ref>

Varieties<ref name=yusong/>
  • Allium tenuissimum var. nalinicum S.Chen - Inner Mongolia
  • Allium tenuissimum var. tenuissimum - most of specific range
formerly included<ref name=yusong/>
  • Allium tenuissimum var. anisopodium, now called Allium anisopodium
  • Allium tenuissimum f. zimmermannianum, now called Allium anisopodium var. zimmermannianum