Colchicum luteum Baker
Corm ovoid, oblong, coat brown to dark-brown, membranous. Leaves 3-6, appearing at flowering time, linear to broadly linear, apex obtuse. Flowers yellow, infundibuliform, 3-4 cm across. Tepals 6, united below into a long, narrow tube, up to 9 cm long. Stamens 6, attached at the base of the perianth segments, included; filaments ; anthers yellow, basifixed. Ovary superior, trilocular; styles 3, filiform, longer than the stamens; stigma minute.
Fl. Per.: February to May depending on the altitude.
Recorded From: Lahaul Valley, Himachal Pradesh
Elevation: 1500 to 3000 m altitude.
Use: The seeds and the corm contain the alkaloid, Colchicine, which is used in medicine to relieve pain and inflamation and in plant breeding work to induce doubling of chromosomes.