PALE GARLIC

Allium paniculatum

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]

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status
statusZneophyte
flower
flower8white
inner
inner8pink
inner
inner8red
inner
inner8cream
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ6
type
typeZglobed
type
typeZbell
stem
stem8round

28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
An introduced but now naturalised neophyte with stems up to 70cm tall. It has two long straight spathes sticking out from below the inflorescence (much longer than the inflorescence) which once encapsulated the flower buds. [One has since fallen off]. The leaves (none seen) are similar to those of Keeled Garlic.


28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
The flower forms a floppy globe, with the heavier flowers drooping on their long flower stalks.


28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
The 'petals' (actually tepals) of Pale Garlic are usually dirty-white to yellowish brown, but sometimes pink or green-tinged. They are 5 to 6mm long. A large green ovary lurks in deep within (which will become the fruit) from which the stigma protrudes.


28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
The filaments are simple and have a T-anther attached. They are supposed to be equal in length or slightly shorter than the tepals, but here they protrude slightly. The flowers are cupped by a long floppy golf-tee with a very small cup shape at the end.


28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
The stamens here protrude slightly, when according to the book, they shouldn't.


28th Aug 2017, a farmers field, South of Buxton, White Peaks. Photo: © RWD
There may, or might not, be a few elongated and pointed bulbils at the centre.


Some similarities to : Keeled Garlic (Allium carinatum) but that does have the anthers protruding slightly (er - um - but it looks like the above specimen does too).

It is said that in the UK Pale Garlic is present as the sub-species fuscum while other sub-species can have white or pink or purple tepals. Since the above are white pink and purple (and not dirty-white to yellowish brown) perhaps this specimen is not ssp. fuscum, but one of those others?

It grows alongside roads or at the base of hedges.


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Distribution
 family8Onion & Garlic family8Alliaceae

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genus8Allium
Allium
(Onions)

PALE GARLIC

Allium paniculatum

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]