Allium cyathophorum

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杯花韭 bei hua jiu
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. cyathophorum
Binomial name
Allium cyathophorum
Bureau & Franch.
  • Allium venustum C.H.Wright

Allium cyathophorum is a plant species native to China (provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, Xizang (= Tibet) and Yunnan. It grows at elevations of 2700–4600 m.[2]

Allium cyathophorum has thick roots but thin, fibrous bulbs. Scapes are usually 2-angled, up to 15 cm tall. Leaves are flat, narrowly linear, usually shorter than the scapes. Umbels are hemispheric with purple flowers.[2][3]


Two varieties are widely recognized:[1][2]

Allium cyathophorum var. cyathophorum --- tepals blunt-tipped

Allium cyathophorum var. farreri (Stearn) Stearn[4] (synonym Allium farreri Stearn)[5] -- tepals pointed at the tips


  1. ^ a b The Plant List
  2. ^ a b c Flora of China v 24 p 176
  3. ^ Bureau, Louis Édouard, & Franchet, Adrien René. 1891. Journal de Botanique (Morot) 5(10): 154–155.
  4. ^ Stearn, William Thomas. 1950. Botanical Magazine 170, pl. 252.
  5. ^ Stearn, William Thomas. 1930. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign 64: 342.