Gagea pratensis

Gagea pratensis, called the yellow star-of-Bethlehem,[2] is a European and Mediterranean plant species in the lily family. It is widespread across much of Europe as well as Turkey and Morocco.[1] It was first described to science by Persoon in 1794.[3]

Yellow star of Bethlehem
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Liliales
Family: Liliaceae
Subfamily: Lilioideae
Tribe: Lilieae
Genus: Gagea
G. pratensis
Binomial name
Gagea pratensis
  • Ornithogalum pratense Pers.
  • Gagea bracteolaris Salisb.
  • Ornithoxanthum pratense (Pers.) Link
  • Stellaster pratensis (Pers.) Kuntze
  • Ornithogalum schreberi Rchb.
  • Ornithogalum nudiscapum Schultz
  • Ornithogalum simplex Becker
  • Ornithogalum stenopetalum Fr.
  • Ornithogalum intermedium Schultz ex Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Ornithoxanthum stenopetalum (Fr.) Link
  • Gagea schreberi Rchb.
  • Gagea stenopetala (Fr.) Rchb.
  • Ornithogalum glaucum Dethard. ex Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Gagea equitans Wallr.
  • Gagea composita Opiz
  • Gagea succedanea Griseb. & Schenk
  • Gagea nova Samp. ex Lopes
  • Gagea gussonei (A.Terracc.) Stroh

Gagea pratensis is a bulb-forming perennial. Flowers are generally yellow, sometimes with a green stripe along the backside of each tepal.[4]

formerly included[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  2. ^ Naturegate, Yellow Star of Bethlehem, Gagea pratensis
  3. ^ Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. 1794. Annalen der Botanick. ed. Usteri 11: 8l, as Ornithogalum pratense
  4. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana, Cipollaccio giallo dei prati, Gagea pratensis (Pers.) Dumort. includes color photos plus European distribution map

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