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Last updated 4/12/2021 by David Giblin.
Ornithogalum umbellatum L.[FNA26, HC2]
nap-at-noon, garden star-of-Bethlehem

Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 307. 1753.

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA26: "Planted as a garden ornamental, Ornithogalum umbellatum produces many offsetting bulblets that are transported in soil and can become rampant weeds. Adding to the vegetative vigor of this species may be its aneuploid-polyploid karyology (T. W. J. Gadella and L. van Raamsdonk 1981; L. van Raamsdonk 1984). The flowers are noteworthy for their regularity in opening just before noon and closing again before sunset.

Two digitalis-like glycosides, convallatoxin and convalloside, poisonous to humans and livestock, are found throughout the plant, but are concentrated in the bulbs and the flowers (W. H. Blackwell 1990; K. F. Lampe and M. A. McCann 1985; D. G. Spoerke Jr. and S. C. Smolinske 1990)."

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