Ornithogalum nutans

Linnaeus

Sp. Pl. 1: 308. 1753.

Common names: Nodding star-of-Bethlehem
Introduced
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 319.

Plants (15–) 30–50 (–60) cm; bulbs progressively renewed over 3–4 years, 2–3 × 2.5–3.5 cm; bulblets numerous. Leaves (3–) 4–6; blade with white adaxial stripe, 30–60 cm × (3–) 5–10 (–15) mm. Scape 2–5 dm. Inflorescences racemose, 5–12 (–18) -flowered, cylindrical; bracts 3–4 cm. Flowers nodding, especially after anthesis; perianth campanulate; tepals white with wide green abaxial stripe, lanceolate, 20–30 × 9–12 mm, outer 3 slightly gibbous at base, inner 3 slightly wider; stamens: outer 6–8 × 3–4 mm, inner 13–15 × 4–5 mm; filaments 3-dentate, flattened; anthers 3–4 mm; ovary ovoid to subglobose, slightly 6-angled, 5–6 mm; style 5–6 mm; lower pedicels to 1 cm. Capsules broadly ovoid. 2n = 45.


Phenology: Flowering spring.
Habitat: Fields, waste places, abandoned gardens
Elevation: 0–1500 m

Distribution

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Introduced; Ont., Conn., Del., D.C., Ill., Md., Mich., Mo., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Oreg., Pa., Va., W.Va., Europe, sw Asia, expected elsewhere

Discussion

Though widely cultivated and naturalized, Ornithogalum nutans is not as common as O. umbellatum.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property."thicker" is not a number.

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1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br />) +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
dorsifixed +
cordate +  and linear +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
Gerald B. Straley† +  and Frederick H. Utech +
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whorled +, opposite +  and alternate +
dilated +
reticulate-veined +  and parallel-veined +
30 cm300 mm <br />0.3 m <br /> (60 cm600 mm <br />0.6 m <br />) +
linear +  and lanceolate +
sheathing +  and involucrate +
membranous +
2cm +  and 3cm +
2.5 cm25 mm <br />0.025 m <br /> (3.5 cm35 mm <br />0.035 m <br />) +
Nodding star-of-Bethlehem +
Ont. +, Conn. +, Del. +, D.C. +, Ill. +, Md. +, Mich. +, Mo. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, N.C. +, Ohio +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, Va. +, W.Va. +, Europe +, sw Asia +  and expected elsewhere +
0–1500 m +
flattened +
sessile +  and pedicellate +
unisexual +  and bisexual +
loculicidal +
Fields, waste places, abandoned gardens +
5-12(-18)-flowered +
1.3 cm13 mm <br />0.013 m <br /> (1.5 cm15 mm <br />0.015 m <br />) +
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persistent +
0 cm0 mm <br />0 m <br /> (1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br />) +
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0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (0.6 cm6 mm <br />0.006 m <br />) +
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zygomorphic +  and actinomorphic +
campanulate +
Flowering spring. +
wind-distributed +
globose +  and ovoid +
W2 +, W1 +  and Introduced +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
3-lobed +  and entire +
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distinct +
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gibbous +  and lanceolate +
unequal +
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sepaloid +  and petaloid +
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