Allium shevockii

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Allium shevockii
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. shevockii
Binomial name
Allium shevockii
McNeal

Allium shevockii is a species of wild onion known by the common name Spanish Needle onion.

Description[edit]

Allium shevockii, the Spanish Needle onion, grows from a bulb one to one and a half centimeters wide which may have one or two large daughter bulblets.

Atop the stem is an inflorescence of up to 30 flowers, each just over a centimeter wide. The six shiny tepals are maroon to rich pink in color and may be white near the bases. In a manner unique among the onions, the tepals are reflexed, curling outward from the flower center.

Distribution[edit]

The plant is endemic to California where it grows on the talus slopes of the High Sierra. It is a resident of Owens Peak, which is the highest point in the Sierra. It is named after the Sierra mountain peak known as Spanish Needle.

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