Nimmo's Chlorophytum
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Nimmo's Chlorophytum
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Nimmo's Chlorophytum • Marathi: निम्मो कुली Nimmo kuli
Botanical name: Chlorophytum nimmonii    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Nimmo's Chlorophytum is a rhizome forming perennial herb, 15-35 cm tall, growing in clusters. It is named for Joseph Nimmo, Master General of Bombay Presidency and well known British plant collector. Roots are fasciculated. Leaves are 14-24 x 2.2-3.2 cm, arranged in a rosette at the base, spreading, lanceshaped, 11-12 veined, stalkless, hairless and dull green above; margin entire, tip pointed-tapering. Flowering stems are 18-30 cm long, solitary, unbranched, bracteate, flowering part 8-14 cm long, flowers in alternate to nearly-opposite, 2-4 flowered clusters. Sterile bracts are 4-6 x 0.7-0.9 cm, 2-3 per flowering stem, triangular, tip pointed, hairless. Flowers are 2.8-3 cm across, white, bracteate, stalked. Bracts are 3-3.5 x 0.7-0.8 cm, pyriform, pointed at tip, hairless. Flower-stalks are 1.2-1.4 cm long, joint close to flower, upper part of flower-stalk 0.1-0.15 cm, swollen, cylindrical, hairless, flower-stalk below joint cylindrical, 1.2-1.25 cm in length. Tepals are 6, in two whorls of 3 in each, recurved; outer tepals 0.9-1.1 x about 0.3 cm, 5- nerved, broadly elliptic-lanceshaped, hairless, white, margin hyaline, blunt or pointed at tip; inner tepals 0.9-1.1 x about 0.3 cm, 3- nerved, elliptic-lanceshaped, hairless, white, margin hyaline, blunt at tip. Stamens are 0.6-0.8 mm long, divaricated. Capsules are 0.6-0.7 x 0.8-0.9 cm, triquetrous. Seeds about 0.3 cm across, 2-4 in each cell, kidney-shaped, discoid, black. Nimmo's Chlorophytum is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: July-November.

Identification credit: Avinash Adsul Photographed in Ajara, Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

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