Malabar Chlorophytum
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Malabar Chlorophytum
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Malabar Chlorophytum • Hindi: सफ़ेद मुसली safed musli • Marathi: सफेत मुसळी safet musli
Botanical name: Chlorophytum malabaricum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Malabar Chlorophytum is a species of Chlorophytum found in the Western Ghats. White flowers arise in an erect spike. It is a tuberous herb with leaves 14-20 x 1.5 cm, linear, tip blunt, subpointed. Flowering stem at branch-ends to 3, racemes simple or paniculate, to 15 cm. Racemes lax, paired, often solitary; bracts 8 mm, lanceshaped; bracteole 3 mm, linear, 4.5 x 0.5 mm, flower-stalk, 6 mm joined. Flowers are about 3 cm across, tepals oblong, nearly equal, white; stamens 6, to 3 mm; ovary 6-lobed. Capsule 6 mm across, spherical, 3-winged; seeds about 3 x 2 mm, ovoid. It is medicinally used in similar ways as some other Chlorophytum species.

Identification credit: Avinash Dada Photographed near Amby Valley, Lonavala, Maharashtra.

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