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Common name

English: Red squill, Sea squill

German: Meerzwiebel

Portuguese: Cebola-albarrã, Cebola-do-mar


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Asparagales (46)

        Family: Asparagaceae (32)(family description)

          Genus: Drimia (1)

            Epithet: maritima (L.) Stearn (10)

Synonyms: Charybdis maritima (L.) Speta, Ornithogalum maritimum (L.) Lam., Ornithogalum squilla Ker Gawl., Scilla lanceolata Viv., Scilla maritima L., Scilla rubra Garsault, Scilla serotina Schousb., Squilla insularis Jord. & Fourr., Squilla littoralis Jord. & Fourr., Squilla maritima (L.) Steinh., Squilla sphaeroidea Jord. & Fourr., Stellaris scilla Moench, Urginea anthericoides (Poir.) Steinh., Urginea insularis (Jord. & Fourr.) Grey, Urginea littoralis (Jord. & Fourr.) Grey, Urginea maritima (L.) Baker, Urginea scilla Steinh., Urginea sphaeroidea (Jord. & Fourr.) Grey

anthericoides => resembling Anthericum

insularis => inhabiting islands

lanceolata => lancet-like in form

littoralis => found on the seashore

maritima => growing on the seashore, confined to the coast

maritimum => growing on the seashore, confined to the coast

rubra => red in a general sense

serotina => autumnal, of late season, occuring late, late flowering

sphaeroidea => spherical

squilla => derived from the ancient Greek name for Drimia maritima


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: helophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, beige, white

External links

Check for Drimia maritima at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI


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