East-Himalayan Roscoe Lily
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East-Himalayan Roscoe Lily
P Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: East-Himalayan Roscoe Lily
Botanical name: Roscoea auriculata    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Roscoea sikkimensis

East-Himalayan Roscoe Lily is an erect plant, 20-40 cm tall. Leaves are 3-7; leaf sheath purple, tubular, wholly closed; leaf blade lanceshaped, 7.5-20 x 2-2.5 cm, hairless, base eared and stem-clasping, tip tapering. Inflorescence is several flowered; flower-cluster-stalk enclosed by leaf sheaths; bracts linear-lanceshaped, 2-2.5 cm, membranous. Flowers are usually bright purple or white. Sepal-cup is about 3.5 cm. Flower tube is longer than sepal-cup; petals lanceshaped, about 3.5 cm. Lateral staminodes erect, white, sickle shaped, about 2 cm, shortly clawed. Lip is reflexed, obovate, about 4.5 x 3 cm, tip 2-cleft. Stamens are about 2 cm; anther about 1 cm; connective spur short. Capsule is 2-3 cm, seeds brown. East-Himalayan Roscoe Lily is a found in grasslands at altitudes above 2400 m, in Nepal to East Himalaya to Tibet. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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