Taxon: Allium tuberosum Rottler ex Spreng.

Genus: Allium
Subgenus: Butomissa
Section: Butomissa
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Allioideae
Tribe: Allieae
Nomen number: 2409
Place of publication: Syst. veg. 2:38. 1825
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 16-Jan-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 23-Jan-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 13 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • Chinese chives  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • Chinese leek  (Source: Cornucopia) - English
  • garlic chives  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • Oriental garlic  (Source: Dict Gard) - English
  • ciboulette chinoise  (Source: Dict Rehm) - French
  • chinesischer Schnittlauch  (Source: Dict Rehm) - German
  • Schnittknoblauch  (Source: Zander ed17) - German
  • nira  (Source: F JapanOhwi) - Japanese Rōmaji
  • cive chino  (Source: Dict Rehm) - Spanish
  • jiu  (Source: F ChinaEng) - Transcribed Chinese

Economic Importance:

  • Food additives: flavoring (fide Pl Res SEAs 8:80. 1993; Cornucopia)
  • Environmental: ornamental (fide Man HerbPl)
  • Human food: vegetable (both leaves & flowers fide Crop Prod Sci Hort 3:15. 1994)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of Chinese chives (fide Docum Domestication 134-142.)
  • Medicines: folklore (fide Pl Res SEAs 12(1):100. 1999; Herbs Commerce ed2)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China Shanxi

  • Naturalized

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China

  • Cultivated

  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan ; Korea ; Taiwan
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: India ; Nepal
    • Indo-China: Myanmar ; Thailand ; Vietnam
    • Malesia: Indonesia ; Malaysia ; Philippines
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
  • Europe

    • Europe
  • Northern America

    • United States
  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Cuba ; West Indies


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