Yellow Star of Bethlehem
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Yellow Star of Bethlehem
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Star of Bethlehem
Botanical name: Gagea lutea    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Ornithogalum luteum, Gagea indica, Gagea elegans

Yellow Star of Bethlehem is a delicate bulbous plant with grass like leaves and small yellow star shaped flowers. The flowers are long-stalked, and greenish or reddish brown on the outside of the petals. The petals are oblanceolate acute, spreading. Stamens are shorter than the petals. Basal leaf linear to lancelike, stem leaves 2, bract like, the lower broader but smaller than the basal leaf. Stem is 5-13 cm. Bulb is small, 5-10 mm. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Lahaul, Himachal Pradesh.

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