Allium maximowiczii Regel - Maximovich chive.

Taxonomic position.

Family Alliaceae J.Agardh, genus Allium L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial, herbaceous, bulbous plant. Set in groups on the rhizome, bulbs are cylindrical-conical with grayish, thin-skinned coats. Stalk is 20-60 cm tall; 1/3 of it is covered with smooth, sometimes violet leaf sheaths. Number of leaves is 1 or, less frequently, 2; they are fistulose and 1-5 mm wide. Umbel is hemispheric, polyanthous, dense. Tepals are 5-6 mm long, glossy, pink with a darker vein, oblong lanceolate, pointed. Filaments are slightly shorter than or equal in length to the tepals. Style protrudes slightly from the perianth. 2n=16.


East Siberia (Trans-Baikal region, Dauriya), Far East (Maritime Territory, along the Amur River, coastline of the Sea of Okhotsk, islands of Sakhalin and Kunashir), China and Japan.


Mesohygrophyte. Found in damp meadows along river valleys.

Utilization and economic value.

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


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Kharkevich S.S., ed. 1988. Vascular plants of the Soviet Far East. Vol. 2 Leningrad: Nauka, 445 p.
Malyshev L.I., Peshkova G.A., ed. 1987. Flora of Siberia. Araceae - Orchidaceae. Vol. 4 Novosibirsk: Nauka, 246 p.

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