Yellow Alplily
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Yellow Alplily
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Alplily
Botanical name: Gagea flavonutans    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Lloydia flavonutans

Yellow Alplily is a delicate plant, only up to 15 cm tall. It usually has only a single yellow flower, looking down, with a reddish-orange patch at the base. Flowers are about 2 cm long, with elliptic blunt petals with green veins. Basal leaves are 3-8, narrowly strap-shaped, usually shorter than stem, 1.5-2.5 mm wide. Stem leaves are several, threadlike, 1-2 cm long. Yellow Alplily is found in the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 3600-4500. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed beyond Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.

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