Lax-Flowered Squill
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Lax-Flowered Squill
P Native Photo: Mayur Mahendra Bhagwat
Common name: Lax-Flowered Squill
Botanical name: Drimia razii    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Indurgia razii, Thuranthos razii, Urginea razii

Lax-Flowered Squill is recognized by its erect, fleshy, linear-channeled leaves up to 2 mm wide, and short flowering stems 5-20 cm long, with the flower raceme dense in bud but later lax. It also has characteristic elongated tepals. The species name is in honour of B.A. Razi, of the Department of Botany, University of Mysore. Leaves are 4-9, dry at flowering, linear and slightly channeled, 15-250 cm x 1.5-2.0 mm, pointed, glaucous. Flowering stem is solitary, slender, 5-20 cm long, cylindrical, brownish-green. Flowers are borne in a raceme, 7-15 cm long, 8- to 15- flowered; bracts falling off, triangular, spurred, spur 5 mm long; flower-stalks nearly erect, 4-8 mm long, straight. Flowers are diurnal, dull brownish; tepals mostly fused basally, rarely free, ultimately reflexed, 1-nerved, outer tepals elliptic-oblong to lanceshaped, 7.0–8.5 x 2.2–3.5 mm, inner tepals linear-lanceshaped, 7.5-9.0 x 1.8-2.8 mm. Stamens filaments are gradually tapering, 4-5 mm long; anthers 2.0-2.5 mm long. Capsules are ovoid or elliptic-ovoid, 8-11 x 5-7 mm. Seeds are broadly ovate or nearly round, 6-7 x 3.5-4.0 mm, black, flat, winged. Lax-Flowered Squill is endemic to Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Mayur Mahendra Bhagwat Photographed near Saswad, Pune, Maharashtra.

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