Paeonia albiflora Pall.


Family: Paeoniaceae

Genus: Paeonia

Description: 

From Bot. Reg. The root, which consists chiefly of a fascicle of parallel cylindrically tuberous fibres, is said, in the " Flora rossica," to be used by some of the Tartar tribes, as an article of food; and its seed reduced to powder, as an ingredient of their tea. The bloom of the present variety is large and showy, diffusing a very powerful, and to some people not unpleasant scent.

From Bot. Repos. It forms a handsome, upright growing, herbaceous plant; the flowers standing much above the foliage, are much handsomer before they are expanded, than when fully so; as the under part of the petals are tinged with red, which contrasted with the purity of the white of the other parts, renders them at that period extremely beautiful.

History: 

Published in Fl. Ross. (Pallas) 1: 2: 92 in 1789.

Synonym of Paeonia lactiflora Pall. 1776.

Also published in Bot. Repos. 1: 64 in 1799 and Bot. Reg. 1: 42 in 1815.

From Bot. Repos. This new species of Paeony is a native of Mongol Tartary, and the parts adjacent; of course, is sufficiently hardy to endure our severest winters. It has been described by Gmelin, in his Flora Sibirica; and figured by Dr. Pallas, in his Flora Rossica, under the specific title it here bears. J. Bell, Esq. of Isleworth, procured some plants of it from St. Petersburg, about the year 1791; where it had been introduced by Dr. Pallas some time before, when on his travels through Tartary.

From Bot. Reg. ...native of the furthermost parts of Siberia... The species was introduced by the Chevalier Pallas in 1784.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Paeonia edulis Salisb. - synonym of Paeonia lactiflora Pall. 1776.


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