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kaysat tiwari

Feb 26, 2008, 8:28:27 AM2/26/08
Dear All,
sorry for posting this picture very late but just keep it in record it is posted here. seen flowering in October and nov in bandhavgarh kanha ntl pk.

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Vinaya Kumar Thimmappa

Feb 26, 2008, 12:10:05 PM2/26/08
to kaysat tiwari,
this is gloriosa superba(i think). I have seen them blooming in june/july around bangalore [Turenuhalli]


J.M. Garg

Feb 26, 2008, 9:45:44 PM2/26/08
to Vinaya Kumar Thimmappa, kaysat tiwari,
Lovely picture, Satyendra ji.

Gloriosa is a genus of five or six species in the plant family Colchicaceae, from tropical Africa and Asia. They are tender, tuberous rooted deciduous perennials, adapted to summer rainfall with a dormant dry season.

Gloriosa climb or scramble over other plants with the aid of tendrils at the ends of their leaves and can reach 3 meters in height. They have showy flowers, distinctive because of their pronouncedly reflexed petals, like a Turk's cap lily, ranging in colour from a greenish-yellow through yellow, orange, red and sometimes even a deep pinkish-red. All parts of the plant contain colchicine and related alkaloids and are therefore dangerously toxic if ingested, especially the tubers; contact with the stems and leaves can cause skin irritation. Various preparations of the plant are also used in traditional medicines for a variety of complaints in both Africa and India.

G. superba is the national flower of Zimbabwe, and was the national flower of Rhodesia.It is also the state flower of Tamil Nadu state in India and in 2004 was adopted as official flower of the de facto rebel lands of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka.

Some synonyms, arising from the many variations, for Gloriosa superba include G. rothschildiana (or G. superba 'Rothschildiana'), G. simplex, G. virescens, G. abyssinica, G. carsonii, G. minor, G. lutea, G. baudii.

The most common names are:

English: flame lily, fire lily, gloriosa lily, glory lily, superb lily, climbing lily, creeping lily

Zimbabwean: Amakukhulume (Ndebele), Kajongwe (Shona)

Indian: Harihari, Kalihari

Tamil: Sen-kandhal, Karthigai Poo

The above inf. from Wikipedia link:


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Pradnya Shenoy

Feb 27, 2008, 12:46:05 AM2/27/08
 this is my first posting in indiantreepix.
this pic glory lily taken at talawada, south konkan, maharashtra in nov 07
dr pradnya
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Vinaya Kumar Thimmappa

Feb 27, 2008, 1:55:06 AM2/27/08
to Pradnya Shenoy,
Some more dangerous highlights on this plant :-

Poisonous Part
All parts, especially tubers (thickened roots) which resemble yams.
Numbness of lips, tongue, and throat, thirst, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, difficult breathing, convulsions.
Toxic Principle
Alkaloids (colchicine and others) and resins.


Some more information of this plant :-

Gloriosa superba L. is a semi-woody herbaceous branched climber, reaching
approximately 5 meters in height. One to four stems arise from a single V-shaped
fleshy cylindrical tuber. G. superba is a native of tropical Africa and is now found
growing naturally in many countries of tropical Asia including Bangladesh,
India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Myanmar. It is also planted outdoors in the
southern United States. In cool temperate countries, it is treated as a greenhouse
or conservatory plant. In Bangladesh the plant is naturally found to grow in Sal
Forests of Dhaka and Gazipur districts. Different parts of the plant have a wide
variety of uses especially within traditional medicine practiced in tropical Africa
and Asia. The tuber is used traditionally for the treatment of bruises and sprains,
colic, chronic ulcers, hemorrhoids, cancer, leprosy and also for inducing labour
pains. Because of its similar pharmacological action, the plant is sometimes used
as an adulterant of aconite (Aconitum sp.). Seeds and root tubers contain a
valuable alkaloid, colchicine, as the major constituent. Colchicine is occasionally
used in cytological and plant breeding research. Medicinally, the tuber is used as
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abortifacient, and in smaller doses it acts as a tonic, stomachic and anthelmintic.
It is also used in the treatment of gout because it contains colchicine. Paste of the
tuber is externally applied for parasitic skin diseases (Ghani 1998).
As G. superba is considered to be a herbaceous plant, little attention is given
towards its propagation and culture. It is commonly grown from seeds and
tubers. Since in Bangladesh the seeds and tubers are harvested extensively for
their therapeutic uses, the plant stands the chances of becoming a threatened
species in Bangladesh. In order to protect such endangered species from possible
extinction, the exploitation of medicinal plants must be accompanied by
conservation measures (Hamann 1991).


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