Kerala Cobra Lily
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Kerala Cobra Lily
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Kerala Cobra Lily
Botanical name: Arisaema leschenaultii    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Arisaema pulchrum, Arisaema longicaudatum

Kerala Cobra Lily is a beautiful perennial herb with corm 1-6 cm across. Leaves are digitately compound, with 7-12 leaflets, each 15-25 x 5-7 cm, lanceshaped, tip tapering; nerves many, close, parallel, forming an intramarginal vein, prominent, hairless. Leaf-stalk is up to 70 cm long, 1-3 cm thick, brownish. Flower-cluster-stalk is thick, smaller than the leaf-stalk. Spathe, or the "hood" of the cobra, is 10-22 cm long, tube 5-15 cm long, 1-3.5 cm broad, with thick greenish brown streaks; limb ovate, tip curved down, finely tapering, green with brown streaks. Spadix is 11-15 cm long, club-shaped at tip, female flowers many in lower 1-3 cm long; neuter flowers thread-like, simple or bifurcate, to 1 cm long. Kerala Cobra Lily is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Manudev K. Madhavan Photographed at Chikamagalur, Karnataka,

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