Whorled Solomon's Seal
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Whorled Solomon's Seal
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Whorled Solomon's Seal • Nepali: खिंरौला Khinraula
Botanical name: Polygonatum verticillatum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Whorled Solomon's Seal is an erect, robust plant, with many whorls of lance-shaped leaves. From the axils of the leaves, hang clusters of of 2-3 small tubular whitish flowers with green tips. Flowers are 8-12 mm long, fused into a broad tube below and spreading into short triangular petals on the other end. Leaves occur in whorls of 4-8, lance-shaped, 9-20 cm long. The stem is angled, grooved, 3-4 ft tall. The plant is prettier in fruit when the hanging flowers are replaced by hanging red berries, which eventually turn dark purple. Flowering: May-July.

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