Allium gilgiticum

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Gilgit onion
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
Species: A. gilgiticum
Binomial name
Allium gilgiticum
F.T. Wang & Tang

Allium gilgiticum is an Asian species of onion,[1] a rare and quite possibly extinct species. It is known only from the type collection, gathered in the 1930s in Gilgit District in Pakistan, high in the Himalayas, part of the Kashmir region long disputed with India. The plant is about 50 cm tall, with a hemispheric umbel of purple flowers.[2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Flora of Pakistan
  3. ^ Wang, Fa Tsuan & Tang, Tsin. 1937. Bulletin of the Fan Memorial Institute of Biology; Botany. Peiping [Beijing] 7: 294.
  4. ^ Nasir, E. (1975). Flora of Pakistan 83: 1-31. Department of Botany, University of Karachi, Karachi.
  5. ^ Karthikeyan, S., Jain, S.K., Nayar, M.P. & Sanjappa, M. (1989). Florae Indicae Enumeratio: Monocotyledonae: 1-435. Botanical Survey of India, Calcutta.
  6. ^ Singh, N.P. & Sanjappa, M. (eds.) (2006). Alliaceae, Liliaceae, Trilliaceae & Uvulariaceae. Fascicles of Flora of India 23: 1-134. Botanical Survey of India, New Delhi