Dwarf Solomon Seal
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Dwarf Solomon Seal
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Dwarf Solomon Seal
Botanical name: Polygonatum hookeri    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Polygonatum pumilum

Dwarf Solomon Seal is an unusual, dwarf species of Polygonatum, just 10 cm tall with loose spikes of small, bell shaped, lilac-pink, spreading flowers which are held upright amongst the leaves on short stems. Leaves are several to more than 10, usually crowded, sessile, linear to oblong, 2--4.5 cm x 3-8 mm, hairless. Flowers are borne singly or occasionally 2. Flower are erect, carried on 4-7 mm long stalks. Flowers are purple or pink, cylindric-funnelform, 1.5-2 cm, tube 3-4 mm wide, petals 6-10 mm. Filaments are very short, about 0.5 mm, anthers 2 mm. Berries are red, 7-8 mm in diameter, 5-7-seeded. Dwarf Solomon Seal is found in the Himalyas, from Garhwal to NE India, W. China, at altitudes of 3200-5000 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: D.S. Rawat
Photographed enroute to Bumla Pass, Arunachal Pradesh.
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