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Pakistan | Family List | Amaryllidaceae | Curculigo

Curculigo orchioides Gaertner, Fruct. et Semin. Pl. 1:63. 1788. Hook. f., l.c. 279; Cooke, l.c. 255; R.R. Stewart, l.c. 61.

Vern.: ‘Kalimusli’.

  • Curculigo brevifolia Dryand
  • Curculigo malabarica Wight
  • Hypoxis orchioides Kurz

    Plants 10-35 cm tall. Root tubers elongated. Leaves radical, lanceolate, plicate, sparsely long ciliate. Scape short, hidden among the leaf bases. Flowers in racemes, subsessile, the upper staminate, lower hermaphrodite, bracteate; bracts lanceolate. Tepals elliptic-oblong, 5-7 mm long, yellow, ciliate. Stamens about half the length of the perianth segments, anther linear. Ovary pubescent, separated from the perianth by a stipe, lanceolate, locules imperfect; ovules 6-8; stigmas 3. Fruit 1-4-seeded, beaked. Seeds oblong, grooved.

    Fl. Per.: July-August.

    Type: Not designated.

    Subtropical Himalayas in India and Pakistan where it is found in the foothill zone. It is not a common plant in our area.


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