Large-Leaf Dark-Flower
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Large-Leaf Dark-Flower
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Large-Leaf Dark-Flower
Botanical name: Peliosanthes macrophylla var. macrophylla    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Large-Leaf Dark-Flower is an evergreen, perennial herb, 2-3 ft tall. The genus name Peliosanthes comes from the Greek pelios, meaning dusky or purple, and anthos, meaning flower. Flowers are dark colored, with tepals 5.5-6.5 x 3-4 mm. Staminal corona is about 2 mm tall, 4-6 mm diameter, internally almost vertical with no particular inward protrusion, gradually thinning upwards, apical opening 2-4 mm diameter. Stem is 1-2 cm in diameter. Flowering stem, including flower-cluster-stalk and inflorescence axis, is up to 35 cm tall; flower-cluster-stalk 5-16.5 cm long, 2-5 mm thick, inflorescence axis up to 18 cm long. Leaves are 2-4, narrow-elliptic, 20-40 x 6-12 cm. Large-Leaf Dark-Flower is found in E Nepal, Bhutan, NE India, growing in rock crevices along stream sides in dry evergreen forest at an elevation of about 400 m. Flowering: March-April.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh.

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