Assam Chlorophytum
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Assam Chlorophytum
P Native Photo: Dipankar Borah
Common name: Assam Chlorophytum
Botanical name: Chlorophytum assamicum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Assam Chlorophytum is a newly discovered (2019) perennial terrestrial rosette-forming herb, erect or nearly erect. Leaves are up to 45 cm long, stalkless, in a rosette, 6-12 in a plant, spreading, overlappinh at base. Leaf blade is 15-45 x 5-6 cm, broadly lanceshaped, margin entire-hyaline, slightly wavy, tapering, base gradually narrowed down, green, leathery. Both surfaces are hairless, veins 24-28, parallel. Flowering stem is solitary, unbranched, flower-cluster-stalk 17-25 cm long, round, hairless, without intermediate node, raceme 5-6 cm long, about one fourth the length of the flowering stem; lowermost bract sterile, larger than others, 6-7 x 0.25-0.35 cm, fertile bracts 1-2 x 0.5-0.6 cm, thinly herbaceous, margin hyaline-translucent, soon withers. Bracteoles are 3, recurved, triangular-ovate,1-5 x 1-3 mm. Flower-stalks are 1-3 to a node, 0.6-0.8 cm long, round, hairless, greenish white, without an articulation. Flowers are 1.3-1.8 cm across. Tepals are in two whorls, free, white, 1.1-1.3 x 0.3-0.4 cm, ovate lanceshaped, blunt, veins obscure. Stamens are in two whorls, 0.8-1.1 cm long, erect; style 1, at branch-ends, 1-1.4 cm long, straight, white, hairless. Assam Chlorophytum is found in Behali Reserve Forest, Sonitpur district of Assam. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Behali Reserve forest, Assam.

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