Twin-Flower Solomon Seal
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Twin-Flower Solomon Seal
P Native Photo: Sunit Singh
Common name: Twin-Flower Solomon Seal
Botanical name: Polygonatum geminiflorum    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Polygonatum ciliatum

Twin-Flower Solomon Seal is a perennial herb with rhizome round, about 7 mm broad. Stem is up to 50 cm tall, round. Leaves are mostly opposite or sometimes in threes, lower leaves often alternate, 5-10 x 1-1.6 cm, elliptic, elliptic-lanceshaped to elliptic-oblong, entire, subblunt, hairless above, minutely hairy on the nerves below. Flowers are borne in pairs hanging on slender flower-cluster-stalk 1.5-1.7 mm long. Flower-stalks are 4-5 mm, bract minute, falling off. Flowers are 1.0-1.1 cm long, tube cylindrical, white, tepals short, greenish. Filaments are short, hairless, anthers about 2 mm. Twin-Flower Solomon Seal is found in North Pakistan to Western Himalayas, at altitudes of 3000-4000 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Sajan Thakur, Sunit Singh Photographed in Rudarnath, Uttarakhand.

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