Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum)

Star of Bethlehem

The six-pointed white flowers are unmistakable, with six yellow-tipped stamens whose flattened “filaments” seem to form a miniature duplicate flower inside the larger one. This is a European import that often makes itself at home in weed patches; this plant was blooming at the edge of the woods in Bird Park, Mount Lebanon.

Ornithogalum umbellatum
Photographed May 2 with a Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z6.

For a description of the species, see the Ornithogalum umbellatum reference page.

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