Ornithogalum identification help

Dietrich Müller-Doblies d.mueller-doblies@gmx.de
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 18:10:11 PDT
Dear Mary Sue,
that is most likely Ornithogalum narbonense L.
In Ornithogalum narbonense L. the bracts should be twice as long as the 
flower buds. Unfortunately I cannot check this character on the photo.
The other Ornithogalum with a similar habit indigenous to southern 
France is O. pyrenaicum with greenish (not pure white flowers inside).
What is Lauw de Jager's place name? More than half a century ago I 
studied for a year phytosociology in the Languedoc with a peak knowledge 
of more than 2000 spp. of flowering plants and some hundred spp. of 
mosses and lichens.
Best wishes

Am 12.06.2012 16:05, schrieb Mary Sue Ittner:
> Lauw de Jager would like help identifying this plant growing in a
> neighbor's yard in southern France for over 20 years. It flowers in
> May. He thinks it is an Ornithogalum, but would like help with a
> species name.  He says it is not  O umbellatum, not O.magnum. I've
> added it to the wiki Mystery Bulbs page:
>    http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…
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