Helmet Cobra Lily
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Helmet Cobra Lily
P Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Helmet Cobra Lily
Botanical name: Arisaema galeatum    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Helmet Cobra Lily is a distinctive species from the Himalayas. The spathe hood is strongly curled over at the top, giving it a similar appearance of a lime-green helmet. The spathe is dark green with paler green longitudinal stripes and at the base of the spathe the colouration is characteristically orangeish. The spadix is not as attenuated as some Arisaemas and tends to point downwards. The textured, tripartite green leaf, often edged in purple, is similar to Grand Cobra Lily, with which it grows. The early spring flower emerges with the foliage and sits atop a short stem near the ground. Helmet Cobra Lily has become an interesting garden plant in the West. It is endemic to Eastern Himalayas from Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Darjeeling to Bhutan, Northern Myanmar and SW China at elevations of 1300-2500 m.

Identification credit: Pascal Bruggeman Photographed in Lava, Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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