by Stephen Mifsud
   13 Jun 2024      ()
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Muscari parviflorum   (Autumn Grape Hyacinth)

Muscari parviflorum  (ASPARAGACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Sep-2006 (taxon update: Sep-2006)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (2022). Muscari parviflorum - datasheet created on Sep-2006. Retrieved from on 13-Jun-2024

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Muscari parviflorumDesf.
Published in Fl. Atl. 1: 309 (1798)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Muscari autumnale Guss.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life] []

Plant Family :

Asparagaceae Juss. (=Liliaceae) (The Asparagus Family)
33 species from the Asparagaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Autumn Grape Hyacinth, Lesser Grape Hyacinth, Small-flowered Hyacinth

Maltese name(s) :

Ġjaċint tal-ħarifa

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common    Frequent     Scarce     Rare    Very rare    Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: GEOPHYTE ( bearing underground bulbs, rhizomes, stolons, etc. )
Germination [info]: Monocotyledon

Legal Protection :

Not legally protected till the last update of this website (2/Mar/2022)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :

September – October

Colour of Flowers:

Blue or Violet


Not particularly toxic

Name Derivation :

Muscari: Greek word for musk - a greasy secretion with a strong fragrant odour, produced in a glandular sac beneath the skin of the abdomen of the male musk deer and used in the manufacture of perfumes. Flowers of many species of this genus have this scent. (Greek origin )
parviflorum: small flowers, usually in comparison to flowers of other species in the same genus. (Greek origin )

Planting in rural areas :

Can be planted in rural areas according to ERA Guidelines

Description, Habitat and Distribution
Habitat in Europe: Data will be available in the next update of this website.
Preferred habitat in Malta: Steppe, abandoned field and exposed garigue with moderately deep soil.
Botanical Description: Bulbs occasionally producing offsets; tunics light brown. Leaves 3-5, 7-20 cm x 1-3.5 mm, narrowly linear or filiform, rarely narrowly oblanceolate. Scape 15-35 cm, always exceeding leaves. Raceme very lax, cylindrical. Pedicels of fertile flowers 2-4.5 mm, ascending, as long as or shorter than flowers. Fertile flowers 3-5 mm, broadly oblong-obovoid, weakly constricted above, pale blue; teeth paler, with a median darker blue marking, recurved. Sterile flowers few and minute, often absent. Capsule 5-7 x 4-6 mm. Autumn-flowering.
Chromosome number: 2n=18
Distributional range: Mediterranean region.

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):
Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):
the Balaeric Islands, Crete, Greece, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Sicily and/or Malta
Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(from Euro+Med Checklist, 2019)
  Country codes  
AE(G) Ag Bl Cr Cy Eg Gr Hs IJ It Ju Li LS Si Tn Tu(A)

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Species Images (40 images)
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-0.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-1.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-2.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-3.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-4.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-5.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-6.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-7.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-8.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-9.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-10.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-11.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-12.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-13.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-14.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-15.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-16.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-17.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-18.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-19.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-20.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-21.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-22.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-23.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-24.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-25.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-26.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-27.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-28.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-29.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-30.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-31.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-32.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-33.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-34.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-35.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-36.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-37.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-38.
   Muscari parviflorum   -   Image Code: MUSPV-39.

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