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Himalayan Typhonium   
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Himalayan Typhonium
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Himalayan Typhonium
Botanical name: Typhonium diversifolium    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Heterostalis diversifolia

Himalayan Typhonium is plant with very variable leaves, as its species name diversifolium implies. They are either entire, heart-shaoed. arrow-shaped, spear-shaped, or with 5-7 lanceshaped to linear lobes. Spathe is green outside, variously striped, spotted or netted with dark reddish-purple inside, variable in size, 5-20 cm, with a short green tube and a lanceshaped finely pointed blade. Spadix ends in a blunt cylindrical dark purple appendage, up to 8 cm long, which protrudes from, or is enclosed in the longer spathe. Leaves are usually solitary, appearing with the flowers, 8-15 cm long and broad. Corm is up to 2 cm in diameter. Himalayan Typhonium is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to SE Tibet, at altitudes of 2500-4300 m. Flowering: June0July.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal
Photographed in Dodra-Kawar, Himachal Pradesh.
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