Snowdon Alplily
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Snowdon Alplily
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Snowdon Alplily, Common alplily
Botanical name: Gagea serotina    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Lloydia serotina, Lloydia alpina, Gagea striata, Gagea bracteata

Snowdon Alplily is a small delicate bulbous plant with white flowers with blunt spreading petals, and grass-like leaves. Petals are elliptic, 8-17 mm, white, with greenish at the base. Leaves are 5-15 cm long. Flowering stem is slender and of a similar size. The stem as one or two stem leaves too. Old scaly leaf-bases remain at the base of the stem. Snowdon Alplily is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to SW China, at altitudes of 3300-4800 m. It is also found in parts of Europe. The species name serotina means late-flowering. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Churdhar range, Himachal Pradesh.

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