Himalayan Fritillary is a herbacious plant, 0.5-2 ft tall, commonly found
in alpine slopes and shrubberies of the Himalayas, from Pakistan to
Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m. Flowers are yellowish-green to
brownish-purple and usually with a chequered pattern in dull purple.
Flowers are broadly bell-shaped, hanging looking down, borne singly on the
stems, but sometimes in groups of 2-4. Petals are narrow-ovate. 4-5 cm
long. Leaves are linear-lancelike, often long-pointed, 5-10 cm, arrange
oppositely or in whorls of 2-6 on the stem.
The bulb is supposedly antiasthmatic,
antirheumatic, febrifuge, galactogogue, haemostatic, ophthalmic and
oxytocic. It is boiled with orange peel and used in the treatment of TB