Indian Squill   
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Indian Squill
P Native Photo: Rajkumar Dongare
Common name: Indian Squill, Indian Drimia • Hindi: बन प्याज़ Ban piaz, जंगली प्याज़ Jangli piaz, कान्दा Kanda • Kannada: Kaadu bellulli, Naayiulli, Seeme nari eerulli, Shiru naarangadde • Malayalam: Kanthanga, Katulli • Marathi: कोलकंद Kolkand, सापकांदा Saapkanda, जंगली कांदा Jangali Kanda • Sanskrit: Asmantaka, Krimighna • Tamil: Karuvulli, Chiruvenkayam • Telugu: Adavitellagadda, Nakka Vulli
Botanical name: Drimia indica    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Scilla indica, Urginea coromandeliana, Urginea indica

Indian Squill is a perennial herb with bulbs spherical 5-10 cm in diameter. Leaves appear after flowers, linear-lanceshaped, sword-shaped, 15-30 x 1-2.5 cm, flowering stem up to 60 cm. Flowers are pale brown, very distant in laxly flowered 15-31 cm long racemes. Bracts are minute, falling off. Flower-stalks are 2.5-4 cm long. Flowers are bell-shaped with 6 linear-oblong pale brown tepals, white at margin. Stamens are 6-7 mm, filaments flattened below, anthers versatile, yellow. Capsules are ellipsoid, tapering at both ends 1.5-1.8 cm long, 6-9 seeded. Seed are elliptic, flattened, black. Indian Squill is found in India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya,Tanzania, Africa West to Mauritania and South to South Africa. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Rajkumar Dongare Photographed in Dighi Hills, Pune, Maharashtra.

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