Muscari Mill.

Grape Hyacinth

Persian musk – the scent-gland of a musk deer, referring to the odour of some species.

Perennial, bulbous herb. Leaves basal, often spotted. Flowers radially symmetrical, tubular-bellshaped, stalked, individual flower stalks not articulated. Inflorescence a flexuous axillary raceme, often with some apical flowers sterile.Tepals 3+3, 1-nerved, free. Stamens 6, attached to tepal bases. Ovary superior. Fruit a conical capsule. Seeds drop-shaped, black.

About 50 species mostly from temperate and Mediterranean Europe to Asia Minor.

Flowers less than 2 cm long; ovary usually with 2 ovules per chamber.

Cowley et al. (1994); Johnson et al. (1996).

Source: Forster, P. (2005). Ledebouria. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Asparagales
family       Asparagaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Muscari armeniacum Bak.
species         Muscari botryoides (L.) Bak.
species         Muscari comosum (L.) Mill.