Forest Spider Lily
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Forest Spider Lily
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Forest Spider Lily, Funnel narcissuses • Marathi: लांब पानकुसुम Lamb pankusum
Botanical name: Pancratium parvum    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family )

Pancratium is a genus of about 18 species flowering plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, which includes Nargis and Amaryllis lily. Forest spider lily is an endemic short plant which is seen in the first few weeks of Monsoons. The plants are herbaceous perennial, growing from bulbs and grow up to 30-50 cm high. The flowers are large, white and fragrant. The short lived flowers often appear before the leaves. Leaves are thin, 15-20 cm long, linear-lancelike. Flowers appear in an umbel of 2-4, enclosed in a membranous spathe. The stem carrying the flowers is 15-30 cm long. Stamens are enclosed in a staminal cup, much like Nargis. The plant prefers forested regions. Flowering & Fruiting period is May-July.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Maharashtra
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