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Common name

English: Red squill, Sea squill

German: Meerzwiebel

Portuguese: Cebola-albarrã, Cebola-do-mar


Kingdom: Plantae (2593)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2490)

    Class: Liliopsida (387)

      Order: Liliales (118)

        Family: Liliaceae (38)(family description)

          Genus: Drimia (1)

            Epithet: maritima (L.) Stearn (10)

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

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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