Iphigenia indica (L.) A.Gray ex Kunth (Images by Raju Das (Id by Vijayasankar Raman & Dinesh Valke), Prashant Desai (id by Vijayasankar Raman & N Muthu Karthick), Dinesh Valke, Pravin Kawale & Rajesh Sachdev (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))




Iphigenia magnifica Ansari & R.S.Rao (Images by Pravin Kawale (Id by Prashant Awale, Swagat & Shrikant Ingalhalikar) & Prashant Awale (id by J.M.Garg) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))




Iphigenia pallida Baker (Images by Prashant Awale (Id by Darshan Kokate), Neha Singh (id by Adittya Dharap), Sushant More (id by M N Datar), Pravin Kawale, Satish Phadke, Rajesh Sachdev (id by Vijayasankar Raman), Darshan Kokate (id by Vijayasankar Raman) & Mahendra Khyade (id by Adittya Dharap) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))






Iphigenia stellata Blatt. (Images by Dinesh Valke, Prashant Awale, Satish Phadke (id by J M Garg), Pravin Kawale (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))




As suggested …, following is the complete key:
1. Perianth purple, segments linear – subdulate or elliptic -linear:
2. Stems branched; filaments glabrous…… I. magnifica
2. Stems not branched; filaments hairy ……… I. indica
1. Perianth white or pink segments elliptic or oblanceolate
3. Flowers white or with purplish tinge; perianth lobes oblanceolate …….I.pallida
3. Flowers bright pink; perianth lobes broadly elliptic…….. I.stellata

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution
(L.) A. Gray ex Kunth
Herb Dry Evergreen to
Evergreen Forests
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. III, 1989
Dindigul,   Kancheepuram, Madurai,
Nilgiri, Salem, Thiruvallur, Tiruchchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruvannamalai
Iphigenia magnifica  Ansari & R. S. Rao Herb Plains,
Marsh Localities 
Vijaya Sankar, 2007


Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name

Iphigenia indica Melanthium indicum, Anguillaria indica Colchicaceae Indian Grass Lily
Iphigenia pallida Colchicaceae Pale Grass Lily
Iphigenia stellata Colchicaceae Star Grass Lily

Biodiversity and Its Conservation in India By Sharad Singh Negi (1993)-
Iphigenia sahyadrica Ansari & R.S.Rao — endangered, causes are overgrazing and other forms of biotic interference


Iphigenia (Colchicaceae) : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Iphigenia (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.|
Any comments/ corrections are welcome.


Pl. go through Iphigenia page (Colchicaceae) with  images of species in efloraofindia (done by me).

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.
If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), it will be really nice. Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let us know.

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