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Flowers

Glory
Lily

Least Concern

Stable

Glory Lily

Gloriosa superba

Glory Lily is a most unusual and splendid flower, which is a sight to behold. In bud, the pale green petals face downward. As the blossom matures, the petals elongate and wrinkle and gradually arch backward while sequencing through a spectrum of color from green to yellow to scarlet. The stamens are extremely prominent and spread outward in graceful curves that follow the petals in their backward progression. The flower is 3-5 in in length. Glory Lily is a twining vine that is able to climb up with tendrils formed at the tips of the leaves. Leaves are bright green and lance shape, 2-3 in. long. The leaf tip elongates into a slender tendril that coils around nearby supports to get a grip.

Gloriosa Lily, Tiger Claw

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    উলট চন্ডাল
  • Gujarati:
    દૂધિઓ, વછોનાગ
  • Hindi:
    बचनाग, कलिहारी, उलट चन्दल
  • Kannada:
    ಅಗ್ನೀಸಿಖೆ
  • Malayalam:
    കിത്തോന്നി
  • Marathi:
    कळलावी, अग्निशिखा, वाघचबका
  • Nepali:
    नेपाली केवारा
  • Oriya:
    ଲହଲାଙ୍ଗଳୀ
  • Punjabi:
    ਕਲਿਹਾਰੀ
  • Sanskrit:
    अग्निमुखी, अग्निशिखा
  • Tamil:
    கலப்பை கிழங்கு, தோன்றி
  • Telugu:
    అగ్నీసిఖా, నీరుపిప్పళి
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Taxanomy

LILIALES
COLCHICACEAE
Gloriosa superba

Quick Facts
  • It is a state flower of Tamil Nadu as well as the national flower of Zimbabwe.