32. Polygonatum oppositifolium (Wallich) Royle CONVALLARIACEAE

This subtropical relative of the native European Solomon’s seal was discovered by Nathaniel Wallich on his expedition to Nepal in 1820 to 1821. It usually grows as an epiphyte on mossy tree trunks in oak forest at elevations of 1000 to 2000 metres. In Sikkim the young shoots are eaten as a vegetable.

Hand coloured engraving of Polygonatum oppositifolium by Joseph Swan from Hooker’s Exotic Botany 2: t. 125

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19990303
    Scientific Name:Polygonatum oppositifolium Royle
    Family:Ruscaceae
    Genus:Polygonatum
    Epithet:oppositifolium
    Collector:Schilling, Anthony D.
    Year:1966
    Origin:Nepal:Phulchoke south of Kathmandu
    Elevation:1,753m
    Plant:19990303A
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G16/0430
    Plant:19990303B
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G47/0180B