Allium neapolitanum Cirillo, 1788
Common names: Naples Garlic, Daffodil Garlic, False Garlic, White Garlic [En], Ail blanc, Ail de Naples [Fr], Neapolitanischer Lauch [De], Aglio napoletano [It], Ajo blanco [Es], Αγριοκρέμμυδο, Άλλιο το νεοπολιτάνικο, Σκορδαψιός [Gr], Osuruk otu, Napoli soğanı [Tu]
Lefkos, KARPATHOS ● Greece
Description: Perennial bulbous plant up to 50 cm tall. The bulbs are globose, coats scaly, thick, and whitish. The stem is angular.
The leaves are shorter than the stem, linear, up to 2 cm broad.
The flowers are disposed in umbels, on pedicels up to 3 cm long. The tepals are pure white, elliptic to ovate, obtuse, 7-9 mm long. The filaments are about half the length of the tepals, triangular, entire. The style is longer than the stamens.
Biology: Flowering from March to June.
Habitat: maquis, phrygana, cultivated of waste fields, often on shady and damp places (near streams), on sandy soils.
Distribution: It is native to Mediterranean, southern Europe, north Africa, and the Middle East. It is naturalised in other regions and classed as an invasive species in parts of the U.S. (south).
Uses: The leaves, flowers and bulbs are edible, adding a nice mild garlic flavour in salads. The bulbs can also add flavouring in cooked foods.
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