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Allium cepa L.[FNA26, HC2]
cultivated onion

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 301. 1753.

Origin: Introduced from Old World, exact origin unknown

selected vouchers: Not at WTU; WS?

Notes: FNA26: "The onion of commerce, Allium cepa is widely cultivated as a biennial in North America, Europe, and Asia. It is unknown in the wild and is probably derived from A. oschanini of central Asia. The cultivated form is often polyploid (2n = 16, 32, 54) and possibly of hybrid origin. It exists in numerous cultivars, a few of which form large bulbils in the umbel."

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