Allium neapolitanum Cirillo

Naples Onion

Pl. Rar. Neapol. 1: 13, t. 4 (1788) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Bulb subglobose, 1–2 cm diam., often with lateral bulblets. Scape solid, to 50 cm long, slightly 3-angled. Leaves almost basal, usually 2–3, flat, slightly keeled, 8–40 cm long, 5–30 mm wide. Umbel hemispherical, 5–8 cm diam., lacking bulbils; pedicels 1.5–3.5 cm long, spathe entire; perianth cup-shaped, segments ovate, 7–12 mm long, white; stamens shorter than perianth segments, filaments narrowly triangular. Capsule ovoid, c. 5 mm long. Flowers Sep.–Dec.

*GipP, *Gold, *Wim. Also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Native to the Mediterranean region. In Victoria, mostly associated with settled areas, occasionally grown as an ornamental, persisting in gardens and occasionally spreading (e.g. Nhill, Bendigo area, Melbourne suburbs).

Source: Conran, J.G. (1994). Liliaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
genus Allium
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Allium neapolitanum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Allium neapolitanum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present naturalised
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales