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Published In: The Gardeners Dictionary...Abridged...fourth edition vol. 2. 1754. (Gard. Dict. Abr. (ed. 4)) Name publication detail

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16. Muscari Mill. (grape-hyacinth)

Plants perennial, with bulbs covered with a membranous to papery, smooth, outer coat, lacking the odor of onion or garlic, glabrous. Aerial stems unbranched, erect or ascending. Leaves 2–6, basal, linear, flat or tubular (circular in cross-section and grooved longitudinally along the inner side), green. Inflorescences at the tips of the aerial stems, racemes of numerous flowers, the terminal few to several flowers sterile. Sepals and petals fused nearly to the tips, urn-shaped to globose or nearly tubular, blue or greenish brown, rarely white. Stamens 6, fused to the perianth tube. Style 1, the stigma shallowly 3-lobed. Ovary superior, with 3 locules, each with 2 ovules. Fruits ovoid to globose, trigonous capsules. About 60 species, Europe, Asia, Africa.


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1 Flowers well spaced on the raceme, the sterile, terminal flowers with stalks 6–25 mm long; leaves flat, 8–20 mm wide 2 Muscari comosum
+ Flowers densely crowded on the raceme, the sterile, terminal flowers with stalks 0.5–5.0 mm long; leaves flat or tubular, 1–8 mm wide (2)
2 (1) Leaves flat, 3–8 mm wide 1 Muscari botryoides
+ Leaves tubular, circular in cross-section, 1–3 mm in diameter 3 Muscari racemosum
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