Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Scilla hyacinthina (Roth) J.F. Macbr.

Leaf arrangement

Leaf Type


Leaf Shape

Linear, Lanceolate, Oblong

Leaf Apex


Leaf Base


Leaf Margin


Habit : A herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Found on the bare slopes especially by thin layer of soil by the rocks. Plains from the coast, scrub jungles to 1400m. Central and Peninsular India, Sri Lanka.

Indigenous Information : The plant comes up after the rains.

Other relevent information : Flowers are pollinated by nectar seeking bees and wasps. Tubers used in traditional medicine.

Field Tips : Bulbs tunicate. Leaves obtusely keeled on the back, with purplish blotches above.


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  1. This taxon is now regarded as a synonym of Ledebouria hyacinthina.

    Comment by Cody Howard — February 11, 2014 @ 5:41 am

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English : South Indian Squill
Irula : Kaatu vellai vengaya
Tamil : Narivengayam, Kattuvengayam
Hindi : Safed khus


In terminal racemes, pinkish green. Flowering peaks during March-April in the plains and July-September in the hills.

Fruit :

A capsule, globose, thin walled. Seeds ovoid, black. Fruiting throughout the year.

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