Yellow Himalayan Fritillary
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Yellow Himalayan Fritillary
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Yellow Himalayan Fritillary
Botanical name: Fritillaria przewalskii    Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Synonyms: Fritillaria gansuensis

Yellow Himalayan Fritillary is a perennial herb with pale yellow, nodding, bell-shaped flowers or narrowly so. Flower-stalks are 2-3 cm. Tepals are pale yellow, speckled with blackish purple, narrowly oblong to obovate, 2-3 x 0.6-1.3 cm; nectaries are not prominent. Stamens are about 2/3 as long as tepals. Style is scarcely 3-lobed; lobes less than 1 mm. Flowers are borne mostly singly, with bract 1, tip slightly curved. Stem is 15-50 cm. Leaves are 4-7, basal 2 usually opposite, others alternate or occasionally nearly opposite; leaf blade linear to narrowly lanceshaped, 3-9 cm x 3-6 mm, tip sometimes slightly curved. Capsule are narrowly winged; wings about 1 mm wide. Yellow Himalayan Fritillary is found in thickets, grasslands, at altitudes of 2800-4400 m. It is believed to be native to North-Central and South-Central China. We found it growing in Tawang district. Flowering: June-July.
Medicinal uses: In China, the bulbs are widely used medicinally.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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