Plant ID forum: Ornithogalum arabicum

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 28, 2013 11:16 PM CST
This entry in the database was brought to my attention by @greene

Star Of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum arabicum)

She believes that some of these photos are of a different species of Ornithogalum and I agree. Are we wrong?
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jmorth
Aug 28, 2013 11:29 PM CST
I think you are right. O. arabicum has dark centers, The last 2 entries (plantladylin) are appropriate,
Star of Bethlehem (aka) should be removed as well.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 28, 2013 11:45 PM CST
Thank you, jmorth. Do you think the other photos are of Ornithogalum umbellatum?

Isn't Star of Bethlehem a common name for every Ornithogalum?
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jmorth
Aug 29, 2013 12:23 AM CST
Yes, the other pics are of umbellatum. I always thought the Star of Bethlehem referred to the O umbellatum and was associated with that particular variety's propensity to spread like wild fire in friendly habitats, Where this association originated I've no idea.
However, in retrospect I see the merit of your interpretation which is supported in the introduction description in some catalogs'
(O. nutans also has a nickname 'Silver Bells').
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zuzu
Aug 29, 2013 12:45 AM CST
Thanks so much, J. I'll be moving the photos contributed by @Marilyn and @Paul2032 to the Ornithogalum umbellatum entry.
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Marilyn
Aug 29, 2013 6:26 AM CST
Thanks! *Blush*
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