Dzukou Lily
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Dzukou Lily
ative Photo: Maibam Bobo
Common name: Dzuko lily, Dzukou lily
Botanical name: Lilium mackliniae      Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)

A beautiful and rare species of lily, found only in the Dzuko valley. Dzuko valley is well-hidden among the high mountain ranges on the Manipur-Nagaland border. The endemic Dzukou lily was first identified, in the Dzukou valley, by Hijam Bikramjit of the Life Sciences Department, Manipur University, in the summer of 1991. Bikramjit was part of a Manipur Cultural Integration Conference team that trekked to the valley that summer. Bikramjit named it Lilium chitrangadae after his mother. However, later studies found that Dzuko lily is botanically similar to the revered Shirui lily, but is deep pink in color.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Dzukou valley, Nagaland-Manipur

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