Scaly-Stem Chlorophytum
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Scaly-Stem Chlorophytum
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Scaly-Stem Chlorophytum
Botanical name: Chlorophytum glaucum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Anthericum nimmonii, Hartwegia nimmonii

Scaly-Stem Chlorophytum is a perennial herb, found in Western Ghats. Root fibres are cylindric. Leaves are 6-8, membranous, 1-1.5 ft long, 1-2 inches wide, narrowly inverted-lanceshaped, pointed, hairless, glaucous, with a short broad stalk. Flowering stem is 1-2 ft long, upright, covered with many lanceshaped sheaths. White flowers are borne in dense racemes 0.5-1 ft long, 1 inch broad. Persistent bracts form a coma at the top, before flowering. Bracts are lanceshaped, long-pointed, lower 1.8-2.5 cm long, upper ones 6-8 mm long. Flower stalks are 6-13 mm, upward pointing, jointed at or above the middle. Tepals are less than 1.3 cm long, and 3 mm broad, linear-lanceshaped, blunt-tipped, 5-nerved. Stamens are 8 mm long, anthers 4 mm long. Style is 8 mm long with minute stigma. Capsules are round, notched, with 3 pointed wings.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Pasarani Ghat near Panchagani, Maharashtra.

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