Allium cuthbertii Small - Striped Onion
Family - Liliaceae
Bulb with cross-hatch fibrous coating.
Sheath of inflorescence.
Flowering - May - June.
Habitat - Pine flatwoods, sandhills.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This little onion species can be found in just a handful of mainly southern Alabama counties. The plant can be identified by its bulbs, which have a coating a cross-hatch fibrous scales, and its flowers, which have a crested ovary and capsule. The crest of the ovary is pointed-out below:
Another species, Allium canadense L., is similar but lacks the crested ovary and capsule. A. canadense is more common in Alabama than A. cuthbertii.
Photographs taken off Menawa Rd., Lee County, AL., 5-29-06.