Leopard Flower
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Leopard Flower
ative Photo: Tabish
Common name: Leopard Flower, Blackberry lily, Belamcanda • Manipuri: ꯀꯥꯕꯣ ꯂꯩꯇꯦꯡ Kabo Leiteng • Assamese: সূৰজকাংতী Surajakanti, Chalkumra, Torobot • Bengali: Dasbai Chandi, Arti • Nepali: पदम पुष्कर Padam Pushkar, प्याङ्ग पटरे Pyaang Patare, ट्वाके फूल Twaake Phoolo, त्याङ्ग पत्रे Tyang Patre, तरवारे Tarawaare
Botanical name: Iris domestica    Family: Iridaceae (Iris family)
Synonyms: Belamcanda chinensis

Leopard Flower is an perennial herb, with leaves in fans on branching stems. Lance-shaped leaves will reach 2 to 3 feet. Flowers are 5 cm across, borne on long, slender stalks, at the end of stems. They have 6 petals, yellow to orange-red, spotted with maroon or purple, which is what gave it the name leopard flower. Fruit is a black berry. The name Blackberry Lily derives from the clusters of shiny black seeds exposed when seed capsules split open. In India, Leopard Flower is found in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1000-2300 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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