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Allium ampeloprasum
Allium ampeloprasum
Broadleaf Wild Leek
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0218 0388 (2018-02-07)

Copyright © 2018 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Jan 14, 2008
  • latitude 45.81350   longitude 13.62329     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Karst region, next and north of the road from Italy - Slovenia state border crossing Klariči to village Brestovica na Krasu, close to the village (Goriška, Slovenia)
  • notes   Slo.: poletni luk - Habitat: grassland, skeletal karst ground, calcareous bedrock; open, sunny, warm, dry place; elevation 70 m (230 feet); average precipitations 1.500-1.600 mm/year, average temperature 12-13 deg C, submediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil. - Comment: Genus Allium in Europe includes well over 100 species (Ref.:5), 25 species and subspecies can be found in Slovenia. All plants in this genus have quite similar habit and they have the same characteristic smell on onion or garlic. Most of them are edible. Their determination to species level is not always simple due to the fact that specific traits of leaves and flowers are important. Unfortunately, with most of the species the leaves are already weathered away when the plants bloom. One can almost never see leaves and flowers at the same time. Consequently, most of traditional dichotomous keys are hardly usable. The best books (like Ref.:6) provide two keys, one based on leaves only properties and another one based on flower properties. Allium ampeloprasum is a Mediterranean floral element relatively seldom found in Slovenia. It is restricted to the warmest parts of the country near Adriatic Sea. Its beautiful round inflorescence may have up to 9 cm in diameter and contain up to 500 individual flowers. The cultivated leek is believed to be derived from this species. Ref.: (1) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 743. (2) M. Blamey, C. Grey-Wilson, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A & C Black, London (2005), p 487 (3) D. Aeschimann, K. Lauber, D.M. Moser, J.P. Theurillat, Flora Alpina, Vol. 2., Haupt (2004), p 1066. (4) R. Domac, Flora Hrvatske (Flora of Croatia) (in Croatian), Školska Knjiga, Zagreb (1994), p 393. (5) M.A. Fischer, W. Adler, K. Oswald, Exkursionsflora für Österreich, Liechtenstein und Südtirol, LO Landesmuseen, Linz, Austria (2005), p 1061.
  • camera   Nikon D70 /Nikkor Micro 105mm/f2.8
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_271/2008_DSC9567
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Broadleaf Wild Leek, Wild Leek (photographer)
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