Fritillaria Roylei is an herbaceous Flower, it is 0.5-2 ft tall, basically found in the Himalayan region and shrubberies in Uttarakhand, the altitudes between 2700 and 4000 m. Flowers are yellowish-green to brownish-violet and usually in dull purple with a checked pattern. Flowers are commonly bell-shaped, looking down hanging, borne on the stems alone, but sometimes in groups of 2-4. The petals are ovate-narrow. Height 4-5 cm. Leaves are 5-10 cm, often long-pointed, linear-lance-like, arrange on the stem opposite or in whorls of 2-6. Flowers: from June to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (male and female organs) and Insects pollinate them.
Fritillaria royal is a bulbous herb with leaves on the opposite side (3-6 per whorl). With a pale purple hue, the flowers are greenish yellow. Flowers are bell-shaped, lonely and drooping. The royal genus was named in honor of a British botanist, John Forbes Royle.
After crossing a large rock near the official starting point of Valley of Flowers, you can easily find Fritillaria Roylei in the main part of Valley of Flowers. The tubers are used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat asthma, fever, tuberculosis, burning sensation and longevity. Anti-rheumatic, hemostatic, galactogogue, opthalmic properties are accredited to plant tubers.Quick info:
Location in the valley of flowers: On the way to Hemkund Sahib & Mana Village
Flowering season: June to July
We visited Valley of Flowers with 4 of family members in July 2016 with Global Connect Hospitality. We arrived at Haridwar by train & stayed in pre-booked hotel, the hotel was good enough for one night stay. Next day early morning, we left hotel for Joshimath. Almost full day travel by Innova.
We got drop from Joshimath to Govind Ghat to start the trek for Ghangharia, which is moderate and can be done comfortably by anyone with normal fitness, the best thing was that entry ticket was pre-booked for us, it enables us to start early morning for the Valley. It took just 4 hours to reach the valley. Surrounding was amazing. At few points, the trek was wet and slippery. So, better to take walking sticks during the trekking.
We enjoyed there the beauty of the valley which was beyond our expectation & since none can stay at the valley in the night so we had returned back to Ghangharia at 4:30 PM.
It was certainly a whole life experience……thanks for everything arranged for the amazing trip!!