Allium cepa L.

Common name

English: Onion

German: Zwiebel

Portuguese: Cebola

Classification

Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Liliopsida (370)

      Order: Liliales (113)

        Family: Amaryllidaceae (25) (family description)

          Genus: Allium (10)

           Epithet: cepa L. (1)

Synonyms: Allium angolense Baker, Allium aobanum Araki, Allium cepaeum St.-Lag., Allium commune Noronha, Allium cumaria Buch.-Ham. ex Wall., Allium esculentum Salisb., Allium napus Pall. ex Kunth, Allium pauciflorum Willd. ex Ledeb., Allium salota Dostál, Ascalonicum sativum P.Renault, Cepa alba P.Renault, Cepa esculenta Gray, Cepa pallens P.Renault, Cepa rubra P.Renault, Kepa esculenta Raf., Porrum cepa (L.) Rchb.

alba => white

angolense => from Angola

cepa => latin name for onion

esculenta => edible, fit for human food

esculentum => edible, fit for human food

napus => latin for turnip

pallens => somewhat pallid, greenish

pauciflorum => few-flowered

rubra => red in a general sense

sativum => sown, planted, cultivated, not wild

Characteristics

Climate: sub-tropical

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Allium cepa at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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