Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii   Wild Leek RR DD N

Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii

Taking a familiar jaunt down this beach we went looking for a spectacular crop of Silene vulgaris (Bladder campion) which was in flower earlier in the year. Nearby we found a large Alliumin flower. Previously I had noticed it in a very early stage of development or when it was over but hadn't seen it fully grown and in flower. As I looked at this Leek it seemed to me it was almost identical to the ones we'd seen on Guernsey last year. That would make it Allium ampeloprasum a national rarity.

Obviously a mistake. One doesn't accidentally find rarities.

Later I found it was indeed A. ampeloprasum and had been determined as var babingtonii which perhaps accounts for the looser structure of the flower heads. There are several good sized clumps of this plant all round this area all about 1 m tall or more and it has certainly spread in the last few years.

In this example both flowers and bulbils can be seen.

Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii

Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii Wild Leek

Near Pensarn beach, Abergele 7th July 2005

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Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii

Near Pensarn beach, Abergele 7th July 2005

Added on 10th October 2005, amended 26th Feb 2007, updated 21st June 2008, updated 25th Feb 2010

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