Grass-Leaved Solomon Seal
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Grass-Leaved Solomon Seal
ative Photo: D.S. Rawat
Common name: Grass-Leaved Solomon Seal
Botanical name: Polygonatum graminifolium    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)

Grass-Leaved Solomon Seal is a small perennial herb up to 20 cm tall, with horizontally growing tuberous, knotted underground rhizome. Leaves are opposite, linear and one nerved, 3-5x 2-6mm, margins folded downwards, entire, hairless. Flowers are borne in the axil of lower leaves, 1-2 flowers on a flower-cluster-stalk. These flowers are nodding, pink or purple in colour, 5-7 mm long, funnel-shaped, tepals spreading at anthesis. Six stamens remain in the middle of the flower tube and only the tips are visible. The plants produce spherical berry with three seeds. A scattered species in the subalpine and alpine Himalaya from Jammu & Kashmir to Bhutan, up to 3600m. Grows below boulders, in open grassy slopes. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: D.S. Rawat Photographed in Badrinath area, Uttarakhand.

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