Ornithogalum umbellatum


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Noun1.Ornithogalum umbellatum - common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripesOrnithogalum umbellatum - common Old World herb having grasslike leaves and clusters of star-shaped white flowers with green stripes; naturalized in the eastern United States
star-of-Bethlehem - any of several perennial plants of the genus Ornithogalum native to the Mediterranean and having star-shaped flowers
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Exploring eight "solar" flowers, "which observe a determinate time in opening and shutting," Smith constructs mini-narratives based on the flowers' names, physical traits, and natural environments, so that the Nymphcva alba or white water lily becomes a "modest" "virgin" "cradled on the dimpling tide," while the Ornithogalum umbellatum or Bethlem-star is "[p]ale as a pensive cloister'd nun" that responds to "vesper gales." (62) In her verse, she conveys flowers' times of opening and shutting mainly in relation to the position of the sun, and specifies in her notes the precise hours of their "vigils," citing John Lightfoot's Flora Scotica (1777, 1789) and especially William Withering's A Botanical Arrangement of British Plants (1787-92).