Rock Dipcadi
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Rock Dipcadi
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Rock Dipcadi
Botanical name: Dipcadi saxorum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Ornithogalum saxorum

Rock Dipcadi is a rare and threatened perennial herb from Borivali, Maharashtra. Flowering stem is about 50 cm tall, round in cross-section, smooth. Flower racemes are up to 20 cm long, rather lax, about 20-flowered. Bracts are broadly ovate, long-pointed, about 7 mm long, somewhat fringed near the base. Flower-stalks are stout. Flowers are 1.2-1.4 cm long, tubular, slightly trigonous. The 3 outer petals are fused for 1/3 of their length, linear-oblong, blunt, recurved from about the middle with a thick glandular tip. The 3 inner petals are fused till almost 2/3 of their length, 3 mm broad, ovate blunt, with a recurved and slightly thickened tip. All petals are whitish with an olive colored central band. Filaments are about 1 mm long, anthers 3 mm long. Capsule is broader than long, with 3 deep grooves. Rock Dipcadi was originally found in rocky places above the Kanheri caves near Borivali, Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Kanheri Caves, near Borivali, Maharashtra.
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