Allium przewalskianum

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Ladakh onion
青甘韭 qing gan jiu
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Genus: Allium
A. przewalskianum
Binomial name
Allium przewalskianum
  • Allium jacquemontii Regel
  • Allium jacquemontii var. parviflorum (Ledeb.) Aswal
  • Allium junceum Jacquem. ex Baker
  • Allium przewalskianum var. planifolium Regel
  • Allium rubellum var. parviflorum Ledeb.
  • Allium stenophyllum Wall.
  • Allium stoliczkii Regel

Allium przewalskianum is an Asian species of wild onion in the Amaryllis family.[2][3][4]

The species is widely distributed in mountains areas in the Himalayas (India, Nepal, Pakistan) and parts of China (Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Yunnan).[5][6]

Allium przewalskianum has narrow bulbs up to 10 mm across. Scape is up to 40 cm tall, round in cross-section. Leaves are tubular, about the same length as the scape. Umbel is densely crowded with many red or dark purple flowers.[5][7][8][9]

Allium przewalskianum is one of two species referred to as jimbu in Nepal, used in Nepalese cuisine. The other is Allium hypsistum.[10]


  1. ^ The Plant List
  2. ^ Regel, Eduard August von 1875. Trudy Imperatorskago S.-Peterburgskago Botaničeskago Sada 3(2): 164. in Latin
  3. ^ Tropicos, Allium przewalskianum Regel
  4. ^ Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  5. ^ a b Flora of China v 24 p 183 Allium przewalskianum
  6. ^ "Flowers of India, Ladakh Onion, Allium przewalskianum". Archived from the original on 2015-05-31. Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  7. ^ line drawing of Allium przewalskianum, Flora of China Illustrations vol. 24, fig. 188, 1-3
  8. ^ Regel, Eduard August von. 1875. Trudy Imperatorskago S.-Peterburgskago Botaničeskago Sada 3(2): 164.
  9. ^ B.S. Aswal & B.N. Mehrotra, Flora of Lahaul-Spiti: (a cold desert in North West Himalaya, India) 599, as Allium jacquemontii var. parviflorum
  10. ^ Nepal, Ram Chandra (2006), Status, Use and Management of Jimbu (Allium spp): A case study from Upper Mustang, Nepal (PDF), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (MSc thesis), retrieved 2012-01-05; abstract Archived 2012-02-18 at the Wayback Machine