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Allium fibrillum
Cuddy Mountain onion, fringed onion

Distribution: Occurring chiefly in the southeastern counties of Washington; Washington east to Montana, south to Oregon.

Habitat: Moist, shallow soils in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Scapose perennials from ovoid bulbs, usually clustered, the inner coats whitish or reddish, the outer coats grayish or brownish, with a thin inner membrane with distinct, elongate, contorted network pattern.


Leaves 2, concave-convex, 1-3 mm. broad, entire, equal to or longer than the scape, persistent at maturity; scape 3-15 cm. tall, terete or slightly flattened.


Umbel few- to many-flowered, the slender pedicels 1-2 times as long as the tepals; tepals 5-8 mm. long, lanceolate, obtuse to pointed, entire, white or pink with prominent greenish mid-rib; stamens 6, + the length of the tepals; anthers yellowish or purplish.


Capsule 3-celled, obscurely crested with three low processes.

Accepted Name:
Allium fibrillum M.E. Jones ex Abrams
Publication: Ill. Fl. Pacific States. 1: 393. 1923.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Allium fibrillum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Allium fibrillum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Allium fibrillum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Allium fibrillum photos.

USDA Plants: Allium fibrillum information.

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