Chinese Cobra Lily
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Chinese Cobra Lily
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Chinese Cobra Lily • Nepali: मितिनी बाँको Mitinee Baako
Botanical name: Arisaema concinnum    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Arisaema affine, Arisaema alienatum

Chinese Cobra Lily is a perennial herb with pink-tinged stems 20-25 cm in height. The plant has a single digitately compound leaf. Leaf is wonderfully symmetrical, whorled like a Chinese Umbrella of leaflets. Leaflets are 7-13, stalkless, inverted-lanceshaped to elliptic, base narrowed. The spathe is of pale fawn and lime-green, striped in white as well as with darker purple-brown towards the mouth. The tip of the spathe lid is drawn out into a long whisker that hangs down. Tube is cylindric, 4-8 x 1.5-2 cm, throat obliquely truncate, not auriculate; limb ovate to deltoid-ovate to narrowly deltoid-ovate, 2-4 cm wide, apex long acuminate and caudate, to 15 cm including threadlike tail. Chinese Cobra Lily is found in the Himalayas, from Punjab to NE, Assam, Burma, SE Tibet, ataltitudes of 1600-2400 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed on Ukhimath-Chopta road, Uttarakhand & Lava, Kalimpong, India.

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