Common name: Onion Weed, Asphodel, Wild Onion
Asphodelus fistulosus L. APNI*
Description: Erect herb with flowering stem 20–80 cm high.
Leaves usually > 40, hollow, terete, 3–55 cm long, to 8 mm diam.
Scape 3–48 cm long, 2.5–7 mm diam.; panicle to 40 cm long, 5–30-flowered; pedicels 1–9 mm long; bracts 3–12 mm long, 1.5–6 mm wide. Tepals 5–11 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, white or sometimes pale pink with red-brown central stripe. Stamens 6–7 mm long; filaments 3–5 mm long, with very short white hairs over basal 2 mm; anthers 1–2.5 mm long.
Capsule 4–6 mm long, 4–6 mm diam., pale red-brown to sandy-brown; seeds 3–4 mm long, black.
Flowering: chiefly winter–spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Native of S Eur. east to India. Grows in a wide range of habitats, especially open sites, widespread.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC, *NT, *CT, *NWS, *CWS, *SWS, *NWP, *SWP, *NFWP, *SFWP
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A. *S.A.
Text by D. C. Godden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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