Curculigo orchioides Gaertn., Fruct. Sem. Pl. 1: 63 1788. (Syn. Curculigo brevifolia Dryand. ex W.T.Aiton; Curculigo firma Kotschy & Peyr.; Curculigo malabarica Wight; Curculigo orchioides var. minor Benth.; Curculigo pauciflora Zipp. ex Span.; Curculigo petiolata Royle; Curculigo stans Labill.; Franquevillea major Zoll. ex Kurz; Gethyllis acaulis Blanco; Hypoxis dulcis Steud. ex Baker; Hypoxis minor Seem. [Illegitimate]; Hypoxis orchioides (Gaertn.) Kurz);
common curculigo, golden eye-grass, orchid palm grass • Bengali: তলমুলি talamuli • Hindi: काली मुसली kali musli, ताल मूली tal-muli, तीर्ण पदी tirna padi • Kannada: ನೆಲತಾಳೆ nelataale • Konkani: मसळकांदो masalkamdo • Malayalam: നിലപ്പന nilappana • Marathi: काळी मुसळी kali musali, मुसळकंद musalakanda, तालमूली tal-muli • Oriya: talamuli • Sanskrit: मुसली musali, तालमूली talamuli • Tamil: நிலப்பனைக்கிழங்கு nilappanaikkilanku • Telugu: తాలమూలి nelamuli, నేలతాడి nela-tadi, తాలమూలి talamuli • Tulu: ನೆಲಮುಂಡ nelamunda;
Curculigo orchioides – efloraofindia | Google Groups : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
from Calicut dt, Kerala state. on 5/14/2010
This is the black Musali (Musali Power!!)
Curculigo orchioides i hope
Links to my recent work on this species.
Photo taken in Asansol (W.B.) India. Date: 22/06/11. This has come out in good numbers all having three to four palm type leaves & a solitary yellow flower in the middle shooting from below the ground. Requested to please give the ID.
Common name : Kali Musli ; family: Hypoxidaceae and is medicinal herb
Kas week : Curculigo orchioides SMP: Curculigo orchioides
Nice photo …, this is the famous Kaali musli
Curculigo orchioides: Curculigo orchioides of family Hypoxidaceae
growing in the forest floor
last week at Mahabeleshwar
Habitat: Rock crevice, under tree shade, Western ghats,
Photo date: 27-Jul-2011
Yeoor Hills after pre monsoon showers for wild flowers. (mixed thread): 2 correct images. 5 posts by 5 authors.
After the pre monsoon showers the Forest Spider Lily blooms in the hills of Yeoor, SGNP Thane. These flowers bloom first before the leafs. I was planning for many years to see this unique phenomenon and it happened this year. Along with these Lilies the Yellow Ground Star aka Kali Musali flowers too had come up at the base of the shoots. Submitting the pictures for correct ID too.
Wow, Nice set of photographs. The first photograph is really beautiful.
Excellent postings. You have great potential to post more pictures and interact as an expert. All the best.
Pancratium species is Pancratium triflorum Roxb.
Thanks … for the Pancratium ID.
I came across this post searching for Pancratium parvum.
Makarand Kaka, you must have inadvertently labelled the first two pictures for Pancratium …
IMG_4134 Pancratium parvum Forest Spideer Lily Yeoor 6.6.13 FB.jpg
IMG_4137 Pancratium parvum Forest Spideer Lily Yeoor 6.6.13.jpg
They belong to Chlorophytum tuberosum.
first 2 pictures 4134, 35 are not of Pancratum, they are of Chlorophytum species, tubers needed for confirmation
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ARJUL12 Confirmation of ID- Curculigo orchioides? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
identification/validation (plant/jun15/16) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Photos of Curculigo orchioides, Hypoxidaceae taken at Ankola, Mangalore
Golden eye-grass i.e. Curculigo orchioides called nilapannai in Tamil.
Unknown sp from Assam KD 05 Aug 17 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Attached images are unknwon sp. Pl. ID the sp.
Family : ??
Genus & species : ??
Habitat: Grows wild under forest cover
Habit : Herb
Flower : Single Yellow flower
Pl. check comparative images at efi site at
According to “Assam’s flora – Present status of vascular plants(2005)” by S. Chowdhury there are only two spp. of Curculigo (C. capitulata and C. orchiodes) are found in Assam. I hope Your ID(Curculigo orchiodes) is correct.
yes it is Curculigo orchioides
Indicator of rains? – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Here is a photograph of Yellow Ground Star, Curculigo orchioides that I saw in Sanjay Gandhi National Park. It is common in the hills of Western Ghats and emerges from the ground before the onset of the south-east monsoons. Does it mean the rains are not far off, I wonder!
It does not mean that rains are far off, however it does mean that the area has got the spring showers. The western ghats receive rainfall
Some useful links related to your plant. It is Kali Musli for me.
Following comments in response I thought I would add that it did rain on Wednesday, 20th May 90 in Mumbai….
It is nice to come across people who are observant. However, our observation and inference should not contradict known knowledge. It is
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Photo from Bhopal. Black soil. Shot today (23.6.20).
Hypoxis aurea Lour.
For me the ID by … looks correct.
The plicate leaves point to Curculigo orchioides.
I guess … is correct
Yes, Curculigo orchioides. It is commonly found in Mahe.
Please identify the weed plant.
Name of plant:
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:. 28.11.2020, 10.30am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: annual
Height: 1.5 feet
Leaves: long apex, no stem visible
Flower: diameter:09mm, yellow non fragrant
Hoping you’re right
Curculigo orchioides looks correct ID !