Opposite-Leaf Solomon Seal
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Opposite-Leaf Solomon Seal
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Opposite-Leaf Solomon Seal
Botanical name: Polygonatum oppositifolium    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Convallaria oppositifolia

Opposite-Leaf Solomon Seal is a perennial herb with arching, almost vertical stems with leathery, opposite, shiny leaves. The plant is often found growing on other plants. Oppositely arranged ovate-lancelike, pointed leaves are rounded at the base, shining above, and short stalked, 6-11 x 1.5-3.5 cm. Flowers are small, greenish white, 1.2-1.5 cm long, in 3-8 flowered clusters hanging in leaf axils. Flowers are cylindric in shape, with tiny triangular lobes at the tip. Berries are scarlet, ovoid-elliptic. Opposite-Leaf Solomon Seal is is found in Nepal to East Himalaya, Tibet, at altitudes of 1800-2200 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Saroj Kasaju, Aaron Floden Photographed in Lava, Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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