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Himalayan Paris   
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Himalayan Paris
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Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Paris
Botanical name: Paris polyphylla    Family: Melanthiaceae (Bunchflower family)

Himalayan Paris is a much sought after beautiful and romantic plant with amazing spidery flowers. The botanical name Paris means equal, and polyphylla means many-leaved. Himalayan Paris is a creeping rhizomatous forest plant with erect stem growing to 40 cm. It has 4-9 elliptic leaves occuring in a whorl. Flowers occur single at the end of branches. The flower has a ring of 4-6 green leaf-like perianth segments (which play the role of speals/petals), which are 5-10 cm long. There is an inner ring of long purple or yellow perianth segments which look like spider legs. Ten short stamens are arranged again in a ring. Flowers are followed by a globular fruit with scarlet seeds. Himalayan Paris is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to W China, at altitudes of 2000-3000 m. Flowering: April-May.

Photographed on Shirui Hill, Ukhrul, Manipur & Sikkim.

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