Himalayan Cobra Lily
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Himalayan Cobra Lily
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Himalayan Cobra Lily
Botanical name: Arisaema propinquum    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Arisaema wallichianum

Himalayan Cobra Lily is a species with very good resemblence to a cobra hood. The plants grows up to 30 cm tall, with 1-2 very large, trilobed, yellowish green leaves. The spathe, or the cobra hood, is dark purple oblong-ovate, prominently striped with white or purple, and a nettled pattern in the upper part, and with a narrowed tail like tip, 1-4 cm long. Spadix is thick at the base, with a long thread like appendage 8-20 cm long. Leaf stalk and stem are often brown-spotted. Himalayan Cobra Lily is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2400-3600 m. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh.

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