Friday, December 02, 2016

Gloriosa Lily – The state flower of Tamil Nadu

During my Sunday outing last weekend, I was surprised to see the state flower of Tamil Nadu – Gloriosa Lily – which I was looking for some time. Alike it’s other common names including flame lily and fire lily; the flowers bloomed like fire flames on the fence of a farm house near Kovalam.

Gloriosa Lily

Kaanthal, the flower called in Tamil, has six tepals each extends up to 5 to 7.6 cm long and generally looks bright red to orange and sometimes with yellowish bases. I found two flowers; one with yellow base and the other quite bright red makes nice difference between the young and old that exhibits wavy margins.

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Gloriosa is a perennial herb, native to much of Africa and Asia, climb or scramble over other plants with the aid of tendrils at the ends of their leaves and can reach 3 meters in height. Despite its showy and ornamental flowers as it was cultivated worldwide and also as a medicine, the plant is poisonous and toxic enough to cause human and animal fatalities if ingested. 

Linking this post with Floral Friday Foto  and contribute to Good Fences conduct by  new hostess Gosia at looking for identity blog

9 comments:

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love how bright it is - it does look like flames!

Devilish Angel said...

I learnt "Kaanthal" is Tamilnadu's flower from you today :)

Ponniyinselvan/karthikeyan said...

dear Jeevan,
this is our state flower?surprising news.I used to like this flower.Now it being our state flower ,i like it more.
kalakarthik
karthik amma

Destination Infinity said...

I was wondering what is the Tamil name of this flower until I read the comment by DA above. Beautiful flower!

Destination Infinity

Rajesh said...

Very pretty lilly flower.

Carol Z said...

What a beautiful plant. Thanks for sharing.

Twilight Man said...

The flower is nice and attractive to become a state flower. I have not seen it in my country.

Nick V. said...

Wonderful shots of this lovely bloom!
Thank you for linking up with the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

Rahul Bhatia said...

A lovely sight