OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Hyacinthaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Ornithogalum umbellatum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-28-001:
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ornithogalum umbellatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon


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image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_orum_001_lvd

        

image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

JK Marlow    jkm120329_162

March    Greenville County    SC

Flowers erect; perianth opening flat or bowl-shaped in sun, closing at night, per Flora of North America.

image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

JK Marlow    jkm120329_166

March    Greenville County    SC

Inflorescence a corymb, which elongates into a raceme as fruits develop, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

JK Marlow    jkm120329_173

March    Greenville County    SC

Leaves have a white stripe on upper surface & wither soon after flowering, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

JK Marlow    jkm120329_174

March    Greenville County    SC

The tepals are spreading and white with a broad green stripe on the back, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


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image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

JK Marlow    jkm190406_7080

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Ornithogalum umbellatum, Garden Star-of-Bethlehem, Snowflake, Nap-at-noon

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_umbellatum

April        

Stamens about half the length of the perianth, the filaments membranous-winged, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Hyacinthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Ornithogalum umbellatum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-28-001:
Ornithogalum umbellatum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Ornithogalum umbellatum

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

990

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: Europe

Common (uncommon GA Mountains & SC Coastal Plain)

Habitat: Lawns, old fields, bottomlands, forests, commonly cultivated, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal (plant scapose, leaves usually withered at flowering)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White (green on back)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals in two whorls of 3
6 stamens
Superior ovary

Inflorescence corymbose in flower, racemose in fruit

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer?
Capsule

 

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