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Ornithogalum divergens   (Lesser Star of Bethlehem)


Ornithogalum divergens  (ASPARAGACEAE.) 
Images for this profile are taken from the Maltese Islands after year 2000.

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Profile Date May-2006 (taxon update: May-2006)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Ornithogalum divergens - datasheet created on May-2006. Retrieved from MaltaWildPlants.com on 31-Jan-2023

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Ornithogalum divergensBoreau
Published in Boreau, Not. Pl. Fr. 15 (1887)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Ornithogalum umbellatum subsp. divergens (Boreau) Asch. & Graebn.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] [Worldplants.de]

Plant Family :

Asparagaceae Juss. (=Liliaceae) (The Asparagus Family)
33 species from the Asparagaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Lesser Star of Bethlehem

Maltese name(s) :

Ħalib it-tajr skars

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE ( bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc. )
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Threatened status for the Maltese Islands and has been listed in the Red Data Book (1st ed.)

Flowering Time :

March – April

Colour of Flowers:

White

Toxicity:

Mildy toxic, can cause adverse conditions if consumed in large quantities

Name Derivation :

Ornithogalum: Composed of two words - 'Ornis' = a bird and 'galos' = milk, hence meaning Bird's milk. It should have some connection with the pure white colour of the flowers of species in the Genus. (Greek origin )
divergens: spreading out widely from the centre. (Latin origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines


Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Dry pastures and waste places.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Rocky or disturbed garigue near arable land.
Botanical Description: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Chromosome number: 2n=18, 42, 54
Distributional range: S. Europe, extending northwards to S.E. Czechoslovakia and to 49° N. in France.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Balaeric Islands, Bulgaria, Corse, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Greece, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Romania, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
Bl Bu Co Cr Cy Cz Ga Ge Gr Hs Hu It Ju Lu Ma Rm Sa Si Tn [Ho]

Links & Further literature (2 papers)

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GBIF

Med Checklist

Cat. of Life

EoL

IPNI

World Flora Online

Plants of the World Online

Vienna Virt. Herb.

RBGE Herbarium

KEW Herbarium

MNHN

Arkive

IUCN

CABI
Updates in the Flora of the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean) Stephen Mifsud  (2007)
Rediscovery of Ornithogalum divergens Boreau (Hyacinthaceae) in Malta (Central Mediterranean) Sdravko Lalov  (2007)
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Species Images (8 images)
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-0.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-1.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-2.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-3.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-4.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-5.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-6.
   Ornithogalum divergens   -   Image Code: ORGDV-7.

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