Senapati: Giant Himalayan lillies in full bloom have brightened up Liyai Khullen village in Senapati district in Manipur. They began blooming in the woods amid COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Also known as Zhaimai village meaning ‘people of the sea’, this village is situated in the Paomata sub-division and is predominately inhabited by Poumai community. It is located at a distance of over 90 km from the state capital Imphal city.
The hills around this village are home to Cardiocrinum giganteum – the giant Himalayan lily, which is the largest species of lily. This plants can grow as tall as 12 feet.
This giant Himalayan lily is grows wild in this region is abundantly found in the woods at Trahchi range between the end of May and June.
The trumpet-like flower with a strong fragrance is considered to be the king of the lily family. Although the flowers grow in the wild the locals take care of them as they are a tourist attraction. The flowering areas are now managed by the Baptist Youth Liyai Khullen, it said.