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Puschkinia scilloides
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Genus: Puschkinia

Adamsia Willd.

Puschkinia is a genus of two known species of bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae.[2] It is native to the Caucasus and the Middle East.[1]

This genus is named in honor of the Russian botanist Apollo Mussin-Pushkin.[3] It was once included in the Liliaceae.

Leaves are green and strap-like, growing in twos.

Flowers are borne in early spring in racemes to 25 cm (6 in) high.

Seeds are borne in three-parted capsules. After seed ripens in early summer, plants go dormant till the next spring.

Like members of the genus Chionodoxa, the bases of the stamens are flattened and closely clustered in the middle of the flower. In the related genus Scilla, the stamens are not flattened or clustered together.


As of March 2013, the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families accepted only two species:[4]

  • Puschkinia peshmenii Rix & B.Mathew - native to Turkey and Iran
  • Puschkinia scilloides Adams (Striped Squill) - native to the Caucasus, Turkey, northern Iran and Lebanon; found in mountain meadows and stony slopes up to 3,000 m


In 1993, an illustration of Puschkinia scilloides was used as a postage stamp in Azerbaijan, with a series of other flowers, including Iris reticulata, Tulipa persica, Iris acutiloba, Iris elegantissima and Tulipa florenskyii.[5]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Stevens, P.F., Angiosperm Phylogeny Website: Asparagales: Scilloideae 
  3. ^ Rix, Martyn; Mathew, Brian (February 2007), "582. Puschkinia peshmenii", Curtis's Botanical Magazine, 24 (1): 54–57, doi:10.1111/j.1467-8748.2007.00561.x 
  4. ^ Search for "Puschkinia", World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, retrieved 2013-03-22 
  5. ^ "Azerbaijan". stampworld.com. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 

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