Gagea bulbifera (Pall.) Salisb.

 
  • Family : LILIACEAE
    (Lily Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : BACHNAG FAMILY (बचनाग फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : Liliaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Ornithogalum bulbiferum Pall.; Stellaster bulbifer (Pall.) Kuntze; Stellaster polycephalus (Steven) Kuntze; Gagea polyphylla Steven; Hornungia bulbifera (Pall.) Rouy
  • Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Gagea bulbifera (Pall.) Salisb.
  • Common name : Bulbous Star of Bethlehem
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Steppes on hillsides, dry grassy slopes
  • Key identification features : Plants 4--6 cm tall. Bulb ovoid, 3--6 mm in diam.; tunic brown, surrounded by numerous roots. Stem gray-white pubescent or glabrescent in fruit. Leaves basal and cauline; basal leaves usually 2, filiform, 3--7 cm × 0.5--0.8 mm; cauline leaves (2 or)3--5. Inflorescence (1 or)2--4-flowered, racemose. Tepals yellow adaxially, green abaxially, narrowly oblong or linear-spatulate, 6--9 × 1.5--2 mm. Stamens 4--7 mm. Style ca. 2 × as long as ovary. Capsule oblong, 3-angled, 4--6 × 2--3 mm. Seeds flat.
  • Flower, Fruit : April
  • Distribution :
    • Himachal Pradesh : Kullu district
  • Native : Western Himalaya, Xinjiang, Kazakhstan, Russia
  • Exotic/Native : Native
  • Literature :
    • Photographs of Ashuthosh Sharma
  • Read more :
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Deepak Kumar (2024). India Flora Online. http://indiafloraonline-ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Gagea bulbifera. Downloaded on 15 June 2024.

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