Himalayan Lily Turf
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Himalayan Lily Turf
ative Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Himalayan Lily Turf, White mondo grass • Nepali: बन कसुर Ban Kasur, गाडे माला Gaade Maalaa
Botanical name: Ophiopogon intermedius    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)

Himalayan Lily turf is a grass like plant from the lily family that is stolon forming and tuft forming. It is a small tufted forest perennial with spike-like clusters of small drooping white to lilac flowers on leafless stems 10-15 cm high. Leaves are long thin, grass like. Flowers are cup-shaped 4-6 mm long. Petals are spreading and the bracts papery, longer than flower stalks. Himalayan Lily Turf is found at altitudes of 1500-3000 m. Flowering: May-July.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Hmunpui, Mizoram & Nainital, Uttarakhand.

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