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A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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A flowering shoot with more than one flower.
Inflorescences may be branched or unbranched.
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An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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Egyptian Onion

Bulblets
Family Alliaceae
Name Allium cepa var. viviparum
Common Names Egyptian Onion, Walking Onion
Etymology
Allium From Latin alium meaning garlic, one of the species in the genus.
cepa From Latin cepa meaning onion.
viviparum From Latin vivis meaning live, and Latin parere meaning to bear, to mean bears live young, referring to the bulblets that grow on old inflorescences..

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers, Food plants, Culture / Germination

This unusual onion produces small bulbs at the end of the flowering stem and does not seem to set any seed. Once large enough, the small bulbs can be detached and planted. They will then grow to a new plant that will start producing more small bulbs in a year or two.



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