Common Names:- None

Synonyms:- Allium paniculatum proles pallens, Allium paniculatum subsp.
pallens, Allium paniculatum var. pallens, Kalabotis pallens. Raphione pallens.

Meaning:- Allium (L) The ancient Latin name for garlic.
                  Pallens (L) Pale, greenish.

General description:- Bulbous perennial plants, usually smelling strongly of garlic
or onion.

   a) 1-1·5 cm diam.
   b) outer tunic membranous.

   a) 20-80 cm.

   a) 3-4, 6-16(-30) cm x 0·5-2(-5) mm.
   b) filiform to linear.
   c) sheathing the lower 1/3-1/2 of the stem.

1) Spathe:
   a) 2-valved; valves unequal, persistent, narrowly ovate or lanceolate at the base,
       contracted above into a slender appendage, longer than the flower stems
       (pedicels), the longest 2·5-10 cm.
2) Umbel:
   a) 1·5-3·5 cm diam.
   b) hemispherical or erect and closely parallel ‘bundled’ (fastigiate), compact.
   c) 10- to 70-flowered.
   d) pedicels, 5-15 mm, almost equal, up to 25 mm in fruit.
3) Perianth:
   a) narrowly bell-shaped (campanulate);
4) Perianth:segments:
   a) 3·5-5 x 1·5-2 mm.
   b) white or pink.
   c) narrowly oblong, slightly wider above than below the middle.
5) Stamens:
   a) included, with partly exserted anthers;
   b) filaments 3·5-4 mm, almost as long as the segments, united (connate) at the
       base into a ring (annulus) 1 mm high.
   c) anthers yellow.
6) Ovary:
   a) narrowly ellipsoid.
   b) 2-3 times as long as wide when the flower is fully open (at anthesis).

Fruit:- Capsule 4 mm.

Key features:-
1) Stem 20-80 cm. rather robust.
2) Umbels dense.
3) Perianth segments greenish-white, sometimes tinged pink.

Habitat:- Usually in disturbed habitats (fallow fields, vineyards, olive groves
roadsides), occasionally in open shrubby vegetation. 0-600 m.

Distribution:- Scattered across the Aegean, but widespread in the Mediterranean
area. Rare on Crete currently known from only two locations

Flowering time:- May-July

Photos by:- Marinos Gogolos