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Common name

English: Star-of-Bethlehem

German: Dolden-Milchstern


Kingdom: Plantae (2659)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2572)

    Class: Liliopsida (392)

      Order: Asparagales (46)

        Family: Asparagaceae (32)(family description)

          Genus: Ornithogalum (2)

            Epithet: umbellatum L. (1)

Synonyms: Hyacinthus umbellatus (L.) E.H.L.Krause, Ornithogalum angustifolium Boreau, Ornithogalum boraeanum Jord. & Fourr., Ornithogalum campestre (Savi) Prain, Ornithogalum cespititium Jord. & Fourr., Ornithogalum corymbosum Gaterau, Ornithogalum dioscoridis Bubani, Ornithogalum fasciculatum Timb.-Lagr., Ornithogalum garganicum Ten., Ornithogalum horologicum Stokes, Ornithogalum minus L., Ornithogalum parviflorum Jord. & Fourr., Ornithogalum peyrei Timb.-Lagr., Ornithogalum praetextum Steven ex Kunth, Ornithogalum preumbellatum Candargy, Ornithogalum rusticum Jord. & Fourr., Ornithogalum tardans Jord. & Fourr., Ornithogalum vulgare Sailer, Scilla campestris Savi, Stellaris corymbosa (Gaterau) Moench

angustifolium => with narrow leaves

campestre => growing in fields

campestris => growing in fields

corymbosa => arranged in corymbs

corymbosum => full of corymbs (clusters of fruit or flowers)

dioscoridis => in honor of Pedanius Dioscorides (40-90), Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist employed as a medic in the Roman army

minus => smaller, lesser

parviflorum => small-flowered

umbellatum => having the inflorescence in umbels or umbrella form

umbellatus => having the inflorescence in umbels or umbrella form

vulgare => common, everyday


Climate: temperate

Habit: herb

Flower colour: white

External links

Check for Ornithogalum umbellatum at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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