Crow Poison
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Crow Poison
P Introduced Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Crow Poison, Fragrant false garlic
Botanical name: Nothoscordum bivalve    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)

Crow Poison is a perennial herb, arising from an underground bulb. The stems, growing about a foot tall, are smooth, hairless and hollow. Each plant has several long, grass-like leaves that emerge from the base of the plant. Eight or more small flowers appear at the at branch-ends end of the stem. The flowers are fragrant, there are six stamens with yellow-orange anthers atop stout filaments. The filaments arise at the base of the six white tepals with the greenish ovary sitting in the center. The style is somewhat like a matchstick, with a knobby yellow-orange stigma. Crow Poison is native to Temperate & Subtropical America. The plant was used to make a poison for crows to ward them off the crop. It is cultivated as a garden plant in Kashmir.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in cultivation in Kashmir.

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