Bulb is ovoid or subglobose. The outer tunics are membranous, greyish-black, coriaceous and splitting lengthways. The leaves are 3-4, 1-5 mm wide, shorter than the inflorescence, filiform to linear, fistulose, sheathing the lower half of the stem. The spathe is 2-valved and persistent. The valves wide at the base, extended into long slender appendages and longer than the umbel. The umbel is usually subglobose and sometimes somewhat fastigiate laxly to densely-flowered.The pedicels are sub-equal. The perianth narrowly campanulate. Segments are white, usually with a reddish or green mid-vein, oblong or oblanceolate. The anthers sub-exserted. The style exserted. The capsule exsist.
Mediterranean Europe, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Turkey.
Height: 12-40(-100) cm
Habitat and Ecology
Dry slopes, waste places, roadsides.
Life History and Behavior
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
Allium stearnii is assessed as Least Concern because it is relatively widespread in the Iberian Peninsula, is presumed to have a relatively large population size, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.
It occurs in protected areas.
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