Zoellnerallium is a genus created in 1975 to accommodate what was then a single species, Zoellnerallium andinum, a plant which had formerly been included in either Ornithogalum or Nothoscordum. It is a mountain-growing genus of the Alliaceae, found in the Andes of Chile and Argentina. Naming in the group is still confused and this is not helped by European “expertise” ignoring Chilean botanical research.
Zoellnerallium was expanded in 2007 to include a new second species, the white Zoellnerallium serenense.
The genus is dedicated to one of the leading botanists of the twentieth century in Chile, the late Otto Zoellner who died in 2007 at the age of 98, having devoted his working life to the study and classification of the Chilean Flora.
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