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ative Photo: Amit Kumar
Common name: Jambu • Hindi: Jamboo, Feren • Manipuri: ꯆꯣꯂꯥꯡ Cholang
Botanical name: Allium stracheyi    Family: Amaryllidaceae (Nargis family)

Jambu is a perennial herb with rosy flowers. Leaves are 3-4, slender, narrowly linear, blunt-tipped, about a foot long. Flowering stem is slender, compressed above. Flower head at the top is spherical or hemispherical, densely flowered, 2.5 cm in diameter. Flower-stalks are shorter than the flowers. Sepals are oblong, blunt, stamen filaments are threadlike, much protruding out. Its inflorescence's and leaves are commonly used as seasoning agents. In Uttarakhand it is used very commonly as a spice to add flavor to soups and dals. Jambu is found at altutudes of 2500-3000 m in Alpine Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
Medicinal uses: Jambu is traditionally believed to be useful in jaundice, cold, cough, wound-healing and other stomach problems.

Identification credit: Amit Kumar Photographed in Upper Dhauli Valley, Uttarakhand

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