Rao Squill
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Rao Squill
P Native Photo: Aishwarya Mehendale
Common name: Rao Squill
Botanical name: Indurgia raogibikei    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Drimia raogibikei, Urginea raogibikei

Rao Squill is a herb with flowers and leaves not appearing simultaneously. It is named for GBK Rao, engineer and environmentalist, known for his call to ‘Save the trees and save Mankind’. It is a plant upto 15 cm tall, with linear leaves and reduced thyrses, flowers almost stalkless. Flowers have pale yellow petals, having brownish bands. Flowers are borne in a congested inflorescence 10-20 cm long. They are day-blooming with flowers open for a short period in the afternoon to early evening. Rao Squill differs from Drimia wightii in its leaves dry at flowering time, and ovoid-oblong capsules. Rao Squill is native to South India. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Sushant More, Aishwarya Mehendale Photographed in Sangli, Maharashtra.

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