East-Himalayan Lily Turf
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East-Himalayan Lily Turf
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: East-Himalayan Lily Turf, Clark's Lily Turf
Botanical name: Ophiopogon clarkei    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Mondo dracaenoides var. clarkei

East-Himalayan Lily Turf is a herb bearing runners. Roots are slender, usually with spindle-shaped, tuberous part near middle or tip. Leaves are all at the base, clustered, stalkless, grasslike, 7-30 cm x 2-3 mm, 5-7-veined, margin slightly minutely toothed. Flowering stem is 10-20 cm. Flowers are borne in a 2-5-flowered panicle, 2-3 cm across. Bracts are lanceshaped to narrowly ovate, basal one 6-7 mm. Flowers are solitary or paired; flower-stalk 4-5 mm, jointed at or below middle. Tepals are white streaked with purple, ovate to ovate-lanceshaped, 7-8 x 2.5-3.5 mm. Filaments about 1.5 mm; anthers about 4.5 mm. Style basally slightly widened. East-Himalayan Lily Turf is found in forests, scrub forests, cliffs, streamsides in NE India, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, E Xizang, NW Yunnan, at altitudes of 2000-3500 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at Shirui hill, Ukhrul, Manipur.

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