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Himalayan Fritillary

Posted by
Rookie (Thimphu, Bhutan) on 1 July 2012 in Plant & Nature.

Common name: Himalayan Fritillary •
Hindi: Kakoli
Sanskrit: Kakoli, Ksirakakol, Ksirasukla, Payasya
Botanical name: Fritillaria roylei
Family: Liliaceae (Lily family)
Himalayan Fritillary is a herbacious plant, 0.5-2 ft tall, commonly found in alpine slopes and shrubberies of the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2700-4000 m. Flowers are yellowish-green to brownish-purple and usually with a chequered pattern in dull purple. Flowers are broadly bell-shaped, hanging looking down, borne singly on the stems, but sometimes in groups of 2-4. Petals are narrow-ovate. 4-5 cm long. Leaves are linear-lancelike, often long-pointed, 5-10 cm, arrange oppositely or in whorls of 2-6 on the stem. Flowering: June-July.

Medicinal uses: The bulb is supposedly antiasthmatic, antirheumatic, febrifuge, galactogogue, haemostatic, ophthalmic and oxytocic. It is boiled with orange peel and used in the treatment of TB and asthma.

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