Himalayan Theropogon
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Himalayan Theropogon
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Himalayan Theropogon
Botanical name: Theropogon pallidus    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)

Himalayan Theropogon is a perennial herb with rhizome about 1 cm thick. Leaves are 6-10, erect or arching, glaucous on the underside, 15-40 cm × 0.4-1.2 cm, hairless, midvein prominent, tip long-pointed. Flowering stem is 30-35 cm, usually shorter than leaves. Flower racemes are 4.5-7 cm, 9-14-flowered. Bracts are green, lanceolate-linear to linear, larger one 0.7-1.3 cm, smaller one 3.5-6 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.8-1.5 cm, usually very narrowly winged. Flowers are white, bell-shaped, tepals oblong-ovate, 5-8 × 3-4 mm, 1-veined, tip blunt. Filaments are 1.5-2 mm; anthers somewhat heart-shaped, 2-2.5 mm. Ovary is about 2.5 mm. Style about 5 mm. Himalayan Theropogon is found in the thickets, shady rocky slopes of the Himalayas, in India, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim and China, at altitudes of 2300-2600 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh.
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