Angola; Botswana; Cape Provinces; Chad; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Free State; India; Kenya; KwaZulu-Natal; Malawi; Namibia; Northern Provinces; Socotra; Somalia; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Swaziland; Tanzania; Uganda; Yemen as per Catalogue of life;
le-de-BOR-ree-a — named for Karl Friedrich von Ledebour, German botanist … Dave’s Botanary
re-vo-LOO-tuh — rolled back from margins or apex … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known ascommon ledebouriasouth Indian squill • Kannadaಕಾಡು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ kaadu bellulli • Marathiभुईकांदा bhuikandaखाजकांदा khajkanda • Teluguకాచుగడ్డ kachu gaddaఅడవి తెల్లగడ్డ adavi tellagadda 


SK1150 28 MAY 2018 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6) – around 500 kb each.

Location:  Soureni, India 
Date: 7 May  2018
Altitude: 4000 ft
Habit : Cultivated

A cultivar of Ledebouria socialis (Baker) Jessop [Asparagaceae].

leopard lily

I think close to images at Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop and as per details at Pacific Bulb society
Looks different from images at Ledebouria socialis (Baker) Jessop and as per details at https://www.pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/Ledebouria_socialis

ledebouria socialis

I am a bit confused to decide. FOI one and two

I think images at FOI are correct. Pl. check colour of the stamen and shape, orientation etc. of the petals.

Leaf markings are quite variable as can be seen at

Confused. Different views.

I believe it must be Ledebouria socialis as … suggested. … has said that the plant is cultivated.

I am sure of my suggested id. This was given after following posts in efi site and at the reliable site links I have given.

OK, thanks …

via Species‎ > ‎L > Ledebouria revoluta
Flowers of IndiaDiscussions at efloraofindiamore views in flickrmore views on Google Earth
commonly known ascommon ledebouriasouth Indian squill • Kannadaಕಾಡು ಬೆಳ್ಳುಳ್ಳಿ kaadu bellulli • Marathiभुईकांदा bhuikandaखाजकांदा khajkanda • Teluguఅడవి తెల్లగడ్డ adavi tellagadda
Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop … synonymsBarnardia indica Wight • Drimia revoluta (L.f.) Sweet • Hyacinthus revolutus L.f. (basionym) • Ledebouria hyacinthina Roth [Illegitimate] • Scilla hyacinthina (Roth) J.F.Macbr. • Scilla indica(Wight) Baker [Illegitimate] • Scilla revoluta (L.f.) Baker … and more at The Plants List

Correct name is Ledebouria hyacinthina Roth
Surprised to see L. hyacinthina Roth [Illegitimate name], how it can be Illegitimate name???
L. revoluta is heterotypic synonym

This is one more example of blunders done by The plant list,,, Ledebouria revoluta is altogether distinct plant than Ledebouria hyacinthina..

Names update:  • Teluguకాచుగడ్డ kachu gaddaఅడవి తెల్లగడ్డ adavi tellagadda

031111PD01 Scilla hyacinthine Flora of Orissa: sharing the images of Scilla hyacinthine.
Name of the species: Scilla hyacinthina
Family: Liliaceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Altitude: 600 m above msl
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Grasslands and on rockey plateau

Amazing close up of the individual flower. Nice variegated leaves. We have this species observed in Western ghats too. Sometimes the spots on the leaves are very small and less in number. The plants emerge with first monsoon showers or so…..


South Indian Squill flowering:
Was at my property at Shahapur last Sunday. South Indian Squill [Scilla hyacinthina] had commenced flowering. Sending a few photographs.

Shilondha SGNP, Jun 2014 :: Ledebouria revoluta :: 01JUL14 :: ARK-04 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9).
Attached are pics of Ledebouria revoluta captured in Shilondha, SGNP, Mumbai in June 2014.

Nice set of photographs.

ledebouria revoluta, mahabeleshwar : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Ledebouria revoluta
third week of june, 2018
we saw several plants in open grassy patches and in forest clearings
however very few plants in bloom
it was growing alongside Habenaria grandifloriformis and Iphigenia stellata


ledebouria revoluta- confirm id : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
ledebouria revoluta લહાન કંદ.कोली कंद

yes Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop syn Scilla hyacinthina (Roth) J.F.Macbr

ID Please 1 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Place :- Kinhi, Parner, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India.
Date  :- 13 -6-2018

Orchidaceae ??

Possibly Drimia indica (Syn.: Scilla indica) of Asparagaceae.

seems to be Ledebouria sp, a south african species

Ledebouria socialis comes to mind
widely grown in nursery trade from bulbs makes a good houseplant
we have a page:
please tell us: was this wild? was it in a garden or nursery??? etc etc 

Thanks, … for initial id.
I think close to images at Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop and as per details at Pacific Bulb society
Looks different from images at Ledebouria socialis (Baker) Jessop and as per details at Pacific Bulb Society 2

Wild Plant for ID : Nasik : 30JUN19 : AK-4 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Again seen on the mountain slopes in Nasik on the 25th of June.
Could be Ledebouria revulota, South Indian Squill?

Other recipients:
I guess correct ID ! Thank you. Saroj Kasaju
I guess correct ID !

Sorry for the typo error. Correct name should be Ledebouria revoluta, common name South Indian Squill.

Other recipients:
I think scilla indica
I think scilla indica

Looks different from images at Drimia indica (syn: Scilla indica Roxb.)
Closer to images at Ledebouria revoluta as suggested by …


Please identify plant : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
Respected sir with attachment found small plant special in gadchiroli Forrest.

Liliaaceae ?? 

Ledebouria revoluta

…, is correct,


Need help with id of this annual that came up after a bit of rain: 1 high res. image.
Bhopal; black soil

Possibly, Ledebouria revoluta

I too agree with …


Any idea about this ground orchid looking plant?: 3 images.

Place: Forsyth Lodge, Satpura, M.P.
Date: June’21 last week.
Description: From last year we were able to see this plant. Emerging from ground around mid June and flowering happen for couple of days and disappeared for the season.
P.C- Deepankar Mukherji

Ladebouria revoluta, Asparagaceae member only, not Orchid,

Not orchid. Ledebouria revoluta (L.f.) Jessop  !

Interesting part is that, it’s emerging from different places every year in our lodge. But in the same pathway.


Swamy/New series/ID/36 – ID of the plant: 1 image.
I am forwarding herewith a photograph of the plant received from a friend for ID. Plant photographed in wild in Chennai last week. Please suggest an ID. For me it looks like one of the measles plant either Drimiopsis/ Drimia species.  Requested for a photograph of the  flowers of the plant.

Ladebouria. check with Ladebouria revoluta

Agree with … id. I have posted before.


Hyderabad: 3 images.
ID please of this plant.

Location Hyderabad
Photo credit:- Praveen Rao Kohli

Ladebouria rivoluta




  1. David Morton Cumming

    Looking at the various pictures displayed none of them resemble the many forms of Ledebouria revoluta as it exist in South Africa. Given the time it would take for the plant to get from SA to India relying on only rain(includes flooding) seems well neigh impossible. India separated well before monocots would have had time to evolve.

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