Allium sativum



Life Cycle





Over the course of its life cycle, Allium sativum both ends and begins as a bulb, like the one in the bottom left of the picture on the right. Beginning as seeds, these bulbs eventually grow forming a root system, and start to resemble onions.













 Bulbs are made up of many paper like layers and cloves which are the reason for their agricultural significance.














During this growth, formation of its vascular stem and leaf structure occurs.
















From here the next big event is the formation of a seed bulb called a scape.











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Next the scape begins to open up. Now it is called an inflorescence. Its fruiting seeds and flowers are now exposed and ready to fertilize and start the cycle over again.