Mountain Dipcadi
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Mountain Dipcadi
P Native Photo: Paulmathi Vinod
Common name: Mountain Dipcadi
Botanical name: Dipcadi montanum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Ornithogalum turbinatum, Uropetalon montanum

Mountain Dipcadi is a bulbous scape bearing herb, 20-40 cm high. Bulbs are ovoid, white hairless, 3-4.5 cm long. Leaves arise in a rosette, 2-5 per bulb, linear, 14-24 x 0.2-0.3 cm long, deeply channeled, green, slightly broader and white at base, margins entire, narrowly pointed at tip, hairless. Flowers are borne in a 14-26 flowered raceme, 15-35 cm long. Flowers are stalked, greenish white, hairless, 1.2-1.3 cm long; flower-stalk 1-3 mm. Bracts are 5-7 mm long, much longer than flower-stalk, ovate-lanceshaped, tapering. Perianth tube is 4.8-5 mm long, sparsely velvet-hairy at upper part. Outer tepals are elliptic to oblong, 7-8 x 2-2.5 mm long, hairless, blunt to rounded at tip, glandular hairs at tip; inner tepals constricted in the middle, 6.8- 7.2 x about 2.5 mm long, coherent to form a flask-shaped structure with apical parts spreading, round to blunt, glandular hairs at tip. Stamens are 6, 5.2-5.4 x about 3 mm long, filaments 5-5.4 mm long, originating at the mouth of the perianth tube; anthers about 3 mm long, yellow. Ovary is 3.8-4 x 1.6-1.8 mm long, trilocular, obovoid; style 9-13 mm. Capsule is distinctly 3-lobed, elliptic, green at maturity. Mountain Dipcadi is found in the Western Himalayas, Western Ghats and Sri Lanka. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Paulmathi Vinod Photographed in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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