Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Fragrant False Garlic - Nothoscordum gracile   (Dryander ex Aiton) Stearn
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Author(Dryander ex Aiton) Stearn
DistributionKnown from a collection in 2022 at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park in Wake County (NCU 677479). Likely to be found in additional counties in upcoming years.

Native to South America, but widely escaped.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatLikely to be found in disturbed areas.
PhenologyPresumably blooms in spring, and fruits soon thereafter.
IdentificationThis species is somewhat similar to the native N. bivalve. However, this exotic has wider leaves (larger than 4 mm wide vs. less than that in N. bivalve), has the tepals connate for part of their length instead of separated to the base, and has many more flowers, giving a denser inflorescence.
Taxonomic CommentsAlso known as N. borbonicum.

Other Common Name(s)Slender False Garlic, Fragrant Onion
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Global RankGNR
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