Allium textile
 
Prairie Onion

Lower Stem and Bulb

Hidden Valley Nature Area,
North-East of Lumsden in Qu'Appelle Valley
30-May-2014

The outer part of the tunica (bulb-coat) has been pulled away from the bulb in this photo.

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Textile: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
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outer bulb-coats fibrous-reticulate; NOT [outer bulb-coats without fibres, or with parallel fibres, not fibrous reticulate]

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leaves usually 2 per scape; NOT [leaves 3 or more per scape]

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leaves flat or channelled; NOT [leaves terete or nearly so]

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leaves not hollow; NOT [leaves hollow, at least towards the base]

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inflorescence umbellate; NOT [inflorescence subcapitate]

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umbel erect or nearly so; NOT [umbel nodding or drooping]

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flower stalks longer than individual flowers; NOT [flower stalks shorter than individual flowers]

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flowers fertile, bulbils not formed on the pedicels;  NOT [flowers usually sterile,  some or all of them replaced by bulbils]

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flowers white or pale pink; NOT [flowers rose-colored]

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tips of inner perianth-segments spreading; NOT [tips of inner perianth-segments erect]

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ovary crested with 6 flattened or knob-like processes; NOT [ovary crestless]

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alveoli of seeds not pustuliferous

 

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Allium: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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plants with an onion odour

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plants not climbing; NOT [plants climbing with tendrils]

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leaves green, normal, not scale-like, cladodes absent; NOT [leaves reduced to thin, dry scales, the photosynthetic organs (cladodes) being axillary branches with needle-like segments]

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leaves linear or linear-lanceolate, usually many times longer than wide; NOT [leaves lanceolate or broader, not more than 5 times as long as wide]

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flowers more than 3, often very numerous; NOT [flowers 1-3 (rarely as many as 5)]

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flowers usually terminal; NOT [flowers axillary]

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inflorescence an umbel or head-like cluster; NOT [inflorescence a dense or slender raceme]

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flowers 5-15 mm long; NOT [flowers to 25 mm long], NOT [flowers 5-7 cm long]

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flowers not orange

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fruit dry; NOT [fruit often juicy]

 

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Liliaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
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plants not aquatic, or if growing in water, most of the plant emersed;  NOT  [plants aquatic, floating or submerged, with floating leaves or emersed inflorescence]

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leaves not sheathing the stem

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inflorescence not subtended by strongly sheathing bracts

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flowers not borne in a spathe

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perianth present, conspicuous, in two series of 3 segments, often brightly colored;  NOT [perianth absent or inconspicuous]

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perianth usually large, consisting of sepals and petals usually alike, but petals not deciduous, variously colored]; NOT [perianth small, consisting of 3 green sepals and 3 deciduous whitish petals]

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flowers regular; NOT [flowers irregular]

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stamens 6; NOT [stamens 3], NOT [stamens 1 or 2]

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ovary superior; NOT [ovary inferior]