River Crinum Lily   
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River Crinum Lily
ative Photo: Ravinder Singh
Common name: River Crinum Lily • Rajasthani: Jalankhuri • Tamil: Visha moongil • Telugu: Kaesarachaettu, Kaja gadda • Kannada: Kaadu eerulli, Manjina naaru
Botanical name: Crinum viviparum    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)
Synonyms: Amaryllis vivipara, Crinum ensifolium

River Crinum Lily is an aquatic plant commonly seen on rocky, shallow river beds. It grows to 0.5-1 m tall, and can easily bloom under-water. Bulb is 5-8 cm, ovoid with 5-15 cm long cylindrical neck. Leaves are 6-8 in number, 2-3 ft long, about 3 cm wide, dark green in color. Flowers arise in an umbel of 6-12 atop a leafless scape, 40-75 cm tall. There are two lance-shaped white bracts, opening and fragrant at night. Flower tube is 6-8 cm, slender. Six petals are narrow, spreading, 6-8 cm long. The six stamens, 4-6 cm long, have red filaments. Flowering: September-October.

Photographed in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
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