if-uh-juh-NY-uh — the genus named for daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India
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


Iphigenia indica:
Iphigenia indica
Local Marathi name: jambhale Bhui-chakra
Today at Alibag, Maharashtra

[image: Iphigenia indica (L.) Kunth] <http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/5994330613/>
[image: Discussions at efloraofindia] <https://groups.google.com/forum/indiantreepix/hi…>
[image: more views on Google Earth] <http://api.flickr.com/india/&tags=Iphigeniaindica&…>
if-uh-juh-NY-uh — the genus named for daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India
commonly known as: Indian grass lily <https://sites.google.com/indiannamesofplants/i…>
• *Kannada*: ಕಾಡು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ kaadu bellulli <https://sites.google.com/indiannamesofplants/k…>
, ನೀರು ಬಾಳೆ neeru baale <https://sites.google.com/indiannamesofplants/n…>
• *Marathi*: जांभळे भुईचक्र jambhale bhui-chakra <https://sites.google.com/indiannamesofplants/j…>
• *Telugu*: కాకి కాటుక kaki katuka <https://sites.google.com/site/indiannamesofplants/via-names/telugu/ka…>
botanical names: *Iphigenia indica* (L.) Kunth … *synonyms*: *Anguillaria indica* (L.) R.Br. • *Melanthium indicum* L. (basionym)
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Plant in photo: at Tung fort, about 3000 ft asl, 31 JUL 11
… more views of Iphigenia indica:

if-uh-juh-NY-uh — Iphigenia, daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon … Wiktionary
IN-dih-kuh or in-DEE-kuh — of or from India … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: Indian grass lily • Dogri: जामुनी भुंजचक्करी jaamni bhunjchakri • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ kaadu bellulli, ನೀರು ಬಾಳೆ neeru baale • Malayalam: ഇരുണ്ട ഭൂയിചക്രം irunda bhooyichakram • Marathi: जांभळे भुईचक्र jambhale bhui-chakra • Odia: ବାଇଗଣୀ ଭୁଇଁ ଚକ୍ର baigani bhuin-chakra • Tamil: நீர்ப்பனை neerpanai, புல்லாமணக்கு pullamanakku • Telugu: కాకి కాటుక kaki katuka
botanical namesIphigenia indica (L.) A.Gray ex Kunth … homotypic synonymsAnguillaria indica (L.) R.Br. • Melanthium indicum L. … and more at POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
Indian grass lily
  • name coined, for want of name by Flowers of India … Indian = from the epithet, indica, meaning of or from India; grass lily = a generic name for most species of Iphigenia
~~~~~ DOGRI ~~~~~
जामुनी भुंजचक्करी jaamni bhunjchakri
  • name coined, for want of name; many thanks to OM Prakash Vidyarthi for help with this name via personal communication … जामुनी भुंजचक्करी jaamni bhunjchakri = violet ground-wheel — based on coined-name in Marathi
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಕಾಡು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ kaadu bellulli
ನೀರು ಬಾಳೆ neeru baale
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
ഇരുണ്ട ഭൂയിചക്രം irunda bhooyichakram
  • Many thanks to Sam Kuzhalanattu for help with this name … efloraofindia … ഇരുണ്ട ഭൂയിചക്രം irunda bhooyichakram = dark ground-wheel — based on coined-name in Marathi
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
जांभळे भुईचक्र jambhale bhui-chakra
  • name coined, for want of name, by Shrikant Ingalhalikar, the author of Flowers of Sahyadri, the first among the three field guides to identify plants of northern Western Ghats of India, based on flowers … जांभळे jambhale — the colour of flower, dark violet; भुईचक्र bhui-chakra — wheel belonging to earth, alludes to the appearance of the flower near to ground
~~~~~ ODIA ~~~~~
ବାଇଗଣୀ ଭୁଇଁ ଚକ୍ର baigani bhuin-chakra
  • name coined, for want of name; ବାଇଗଣୀ ଭୁଇଁ ଚକ୍ର baigani bhuin-chakra = violet ground-wheel — based on coined-name in Marathi
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
நீர்ப்பனை neerpanai
புல்லாமணக்கு pullamanakku
~~~~~ TELUGU ~~~~~
కాకి కాటుక kaki katuka
~~~~~ DISTRIBUTION in states of India ~~~~~
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana
Jammu and Kashmir

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

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Names compiled / updated at

Please check we coin a name in Malayalam as ഇരുണ്ട ഭൂയിചക്രം irunda bhooyichakram, meaning dark ground-wheel.

Basing this name on Marathi coined name – जांभळे भुईचक्र jambhale bhuichakra, meaning violet ground-wheel

Yes, both Malayalam and English spelling of the name ഇരുണ്ട ഭൂയിചക്രം irunda bhooyichakram (dark ground-wheel) are correct.

Kannada names and English transliteration are O.K.

ID No. 26042011 RD 11:
Please help me to identify this herb

Date/Time-21/4/2011- 11 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Assam,
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild Type
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb (15-35cm)
Inflorescence Type/ Size- as seen in the photos
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen

Iphigenia species, most probably I. indica (Colchicaceae).

… with … thoughts: most probably Iphigenia indica.

Iphigenia indica:
Iphigenia indica of Colochicaceae family

26th August` 12

ID-30082013-PR-2 : Attachments (8). 3 posts by 3 authors.
plants from gujarat
habitat wild
habit herb
looks like grass
flower not seen
i think its Iphigenia sp

Yes to Iphigenia. May be I. indica.

yes looks like Iphigenia indica.

GRAM 2016 Iphigenia? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Could this be Iphigenia species ? Pictures taken at Kasara, Maharashtra in July 2016

Thanks, … Very good images.
You may check with species at Iphigenia species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

It should be Iphigenea indica as per comparative images at Iphigenia
Pl. check as the filaments should be hairy.

Fwd: Iphigenia indica SK 300716 : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures of I. indica shot today (5.8.16) at the Phedi Nagarkot at 5500 ft.

Thanks, … Filaments are hairy in I. indica, which appear to be the case here.

Enclosing one close up picture. Attachments (1)

Yes, very nice.


Iphigenia indica (L.) A.Gray ex Kunth : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (8) – aroud 750 kb each.

Location: Nagarkot, Kathmandu
Date: 03 August  2019
Elevation: 1498 m.
Habit : Wild 

part of….  family Colchicaceae

My Pending Identifications: Chakrata- Unid Herb:: NS MARCH 26 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
This herb was shot from Tiger Fall area in August 2013.. any hints for id will be a great help..

Probably Iphigenia sp. – a Liliaceae member…..

Yes it looks quite similar to Ipheginea, attacching one of my images

I guess Iphigenia indica (L.) A.Gray ex Kunth only.

Iphigenia indica


Iphigenia indica (L.) Kunth: 7 very high res. images.

Location:Jumla, West Nepal
Altitude:  2308m.
Date: 17 August 2021
Habit : Wild


Iphigenia indica (L.) Kunth: 9 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude:  438m.
Date: 28 August 2021
Habit : Wild

I assume that this plant does not have any name given in Nepali.

You are right … Many sp. has no Nepali name.



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