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Liliaceae / Lily
Wild Leek (Allium tricoccum)
Wild Leek is also known as Ramp.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial.
Leaves: This plant has basal leaves only. Leaves can reach 30cm in length (12inches). Two entire, wide elliptic.
Flowers: The flowers have 6 Regular Parts. They are white. Blooms first appear in late spring and continue into mid summer. In an umbel opening after the leaves wilt.
Habitat: Rich woods and mountain meadows.
Range: North Dakota to Maine as far south as Georgia in the mountains.

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© Daniel Reed

This flavorful leek inspires festivals every spring in the southern mountains where bushels of leaks, bulbs and young leaves, are fried in bacon grease (often after being boiled) and eaten with great relish. Each of these feasts often attract hundreds of people year after year. The odor of the Ramp on one's breath is said to be more powerful and persistent by far than that of any other food.


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Ramp, Wild Leek (Allium tricoccum) - leaves  © Daniel Reed
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Allium tricoccum, Ramp Flowers  © Paul Rebmann
Allium tricoccum, Ramp Flowers, Close  © Paul Rebmann
Ramp, Wild Leek (Allium tricoccum) - underground parts  © Daniel Reed
Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia

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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Liliopsida
Monocots / One Seed Leaf
|Subclass
Liliidae
Lily
|Order
Liliales
Lily
|Family
Liliaceae
Lily
|Subfamily

Lily
|Tribe

|Genus
Allium
Onion

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