Chinese Fairy Bells
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Chinese Fairy Bells
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Chinese Fairy Bells • Nepali: महजरी Mahjari, सानो कुकुर दाइनो Saano Kukur Daaino • Mizo: Kumlengparsen
Botanical name: Disporum cantoniense    Family: Colchicaceae (Colchicum family)
Synonyms: Fritillaria cantoniensis

Chinese Fairy Bells is is an erect plant and has a clump forming growth form, and can reach a maximum height of 6 ft. Rhizomes are creeping, thick, without stolon. Stem is usually branched distally, 50-100 cm. Leaf-stalks are 2-4 mm, leaves ovate-lanceshaped to narrowly oblong-lanceshaped, 5-12 x 1-5 cm. Inflorescences are borne at branch ends and pseudolateral, 2-10-flowered. Flower-stalks are 1-4 cm, usually papillose-scabrous. Flowers are tubular, only slightly opening. Tepals are greenish to purplish, inverted-lanceshaped, 1.5-2.5 cm x 4-5 mm, base gibbous-spurred, tip pointed and without dense papillae. Spurs are 2-3 mm. Stamens 0.8-1.5 cm, included. Berries are 0.8-1 cm in diameter, 2- or 3-seeded. Chinese Fairy Bells is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Arunachal Pradesh, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam, at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: D.S. Rawat Photographed on Shirui Hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.

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