Allium austrosibiricum Friesen - South-Siberian chive.

Taxonomic position.

Family Alliaceae J.Agardh, genus Allium L.


A. senescens var. montanum Kryl., A. senescens auct. non L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial, herbaceous, bulbous plant. Clustered in groups on a creeping rhizome, bulbs are conical, cylindrical, curved, coated in blackish, filmy membranes. Stalk is 15-40 cm in length. Leaves, 4-6 in number, clustered near the bottom of the stalk, are flat, linear, narrow. Umbel is hemispherical or globular, polyanthous, dense. Tepals are pink, ending in an oval-shaped, obtusely pointed edge. Stamens are 1.5-2.0 times longer than the perianth, solid, subulate; internal stamens are twice as wide as the external ones. Style protrudes from the perianth. 2n=16.


Siberia (Mountainous Altai, Tuva) and Northwestern Mongolia.


Petrophyte. Stony steppes.

Utilization and economic value.

Used as a table (vegetable) plant and a source of vitamins. Closely related to the domesticated sp. A. nutans.


Friesen, N.V. 1988. Onions plants of Siberia. Novosibirsk: Nauka, p.157 (in Russian).
Malyshev L.I., Peshkova G.A., eds. 1987. Flora of Siberia. Araceae - Orchidaceae. V. 4. Novosibirsk: Nauka, pp.93-94 (in Russian).

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