Indian Chlorophytum
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Indian Chlorophytum
ative Photo: Medha Rao
Common name: Indian Chlorophytum • Tamil: Travanti
Botanical name: Chlorophytum indicum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Chlorophytum attenuatum,

Indian Chlorophytum is a perennial herb with fleshy tuberous roots. Leaves arise from the root, up to 30 x 2 cm, flat, lanceshaped, tip pointed, margins thinly hyaline, frilly. Flowers are borne in racemes atop a stem. Flowers are white, bracts up to 3 cm long, ovate. Flower-stalks are up to 1 cm, jointed at the middle, tepals 1.5 x 0.5 cm, oblong, spoon-shaped, stamens 7 mm, basally fused, ovary subglobose, 5 mm, style to 1 cm, stigma 3-fid. Indian Chlorophytum is found in the Western Ghats, predominantly in Kerala.

Identification credit: Medha Rao Photographed at Makalidurga, Karnataka.

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