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Star of Bethlehem
Hyacinthaceae
Ornithogalum


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Roberta

Hyacinthaceae Family

Ornithogalum Genus

Location

Salt Lake City, Utah

Physical Description
perennial plant, grass-like basal leaves, star-shaped white flowers striped with green, alkaloids, cardenolides, clusters


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Hyacinthaceae
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Monocots
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One First-Leaves (Monocots)
Mesangiospermae
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Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
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Multicellular Land Plants
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Multicellular Plants
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

The Star of Bethlehem is a genus (Ornithogalum) of perennial plants mostly native to southern Europe and southern Africa belonging to the family Hyacinthaceae. There are some species native to other areas such as the Caucasus. Growing from a bulb, it has grass-like basal leaves and a slender stalk, up to 30 cm tall, bearing clusters of star-shaped white flowers striped with green. There are numerous members of the genus, of which O. umbellatum is perhaps the best-known:

O. arabicum (Star-of-Bethlehem)
O. dubium (Sun Star)
O. longibracteatum (Pregnant Onion False Sea Onion)
O. maculatum (Snake Flower)
O. narbonense (Pyramidal Star-of-Bethlehem)
O. nutans (Drooping Star-of-Bethlehem)
O. pyrenaicum (Bath Asparagus Prussian Asparagus Spiked Star-of-Bethlehem)
O. umbellatum (Common Star-of-Bethlehem)
O. thyroides (Chincherinchee)

Because of its star-shaped flowers, it is named for the Star of Bethlehem that appeared in the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus.



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 03, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 03, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 03, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 03, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 03, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 02, 2009



Star of Bethlehem - Plant
Star of Bethlehem - Plant - May 02, 2009

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