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Narbonne Star-of-Bethlehem

Ornithogalum narbonense


Ornithogalum narbonense reaches on average 40–50 centimetres (16–20 in) of height, with a maximum of 70 centimetres (28 in). The bulbs are whitish and ovoid. The stems are erect and the long leaves are fleshy and lance-shaped, 8–15 millimetres (0.31–0.59 in) wide. The raceme is pyramidal, with 25-75 hermaphrodite flowers. Each flower has a long bract of 1–2 centimetres (0.39–0.79 in) and six star-shaped milky white petals bearing a pale green central vein, while the buds are oval, with longitudinal green and white stripes. The six stamens have a white filament holding yellow anthers of 4 millimetres (0.16 in). The flowers are pollinated by insects. The flowering period extends from May through June.


These plants grow in fields and grassy and dry areas, in waste ground and in rocky terrains. This species is present in the Mediterranean Basin, Turkey, Armenia and northwestern Iran.

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Calpe/Calp, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 15, 2012
Submitted on Apr 16, 2012

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