Allium ledebourianum Shultes et Shultes - Ledebour chive.

Taxonomic position.

Family Alliaceae J.Agardh, genus Allium L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial, herbaceous, bulbous plant. Oblong, ovate bulbs are set on the rhizome in groups. Stalk is 20-90 cm tall. Leaves, 1-2 in number, are cylindrical, fistulose, shorter than the stalk. Umbel is hemispherical or fascicled, polyanthous, dense. Tepals are 7-12 mm long, glossy, pink-lilac, oblong lanceolate, sharp. Filaments are equal to the tepals or slightly longer. Style slightly protrudes from the perianth. 2n=16.


Siberia (Altai) and Kazakh Altai. Native to Altai.


Psychrophyte. Grows in damp, boggy meadows along river valleys up to the sub-Alpine zone of the mountains.

Utilization and economic value.

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

Related References:

Frizen N.V. 1988. Bulbous plants of Siberia. Novosibirsk: Nauka, 184 p.
Malyshev L.I., Peshkova G.A., eds. 1987. Flora of Siberia. Onocleaceae-Saxifragaceae. Vol. 4. Novosibirsk: Nauka, p. 246.

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