Common name: Griffith's Cobra Lily
Botanical name: Arisaema griffithii Family: Araceae (Arum family)
This species of Cobra Lily is uniquely beautiful yet difficult to
describe, even in comparison to other species. Griffith's Cobra Lily is
both attractive and bizarre in equal proportions. Has two, large, dark
green, slightly wrinkled leaves, each divided into 3 leaflets and
prominent dark veins on the underside. Bears a large (up to 8 inches),
hooded, green spathe, deeply veined with green over dark purple-brown.
Spathes are borne at ground level under the leaves. The spadix is abruptly
narrowed to a purple tail-like appendage, 20-80 cm long. Griffith's Cobra Lily
is found in the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to Bhutan, at altitudes of
2400-3000 m. Flowering: May-June.
Identification credit: Ratna Ghosh
|Photographed enroute to Tsomgo lake, Sikkim.|