Pink Cobra Lily
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Pink Cobra Lily
ative Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Pink Cobra Lily
Botanical name: Arisaema murrayi var. sonubeniae    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Pink Cobra Lily is a perennial herb named in honour of Sonuben N. Godrej who was a social worker and former Director of the Naoroji Godrej Centre for Plant Research. Inflorescence arises solitary, usually with male spadix, rarely androgynous spadix, exclusively female spadix not seen. The stalk is 15 - 30 cm long, 0.4 - 0.8 cm diam., pink, tip green tinged with very faint white or purple streaks. Spathe is 6.5-11.6 cm long, tube 2.5-4.7 cm long, 1.3-2.3 cm diameter, cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, mouth with curled margins, convolute part of tube prominently veined, green in lower half, with scarlet blotch of about 0.5 cm long externally on anterior side where tube margins meet at base, faint purple or lavender in upper half; limb expanded, ovate, tapering, 3.5 - 6.5 cm long, 2.5 - 3.5 cm diam., light purple or lavender, distinctly veined, margins curled in basal half, dark purple at base inside, curved forward so as to be horizontal. Spadix is stipitate, curved, 4 - 8.5 cm long, stipe 2 - 4 mm long, androgynous spadix longer than staminate spadix. Leaves are mostly solitary, rarely two in monoecious plants, leaf-stalk 12-40 cm long, longer in monoecious plants; 0.6 - 1.5 cm diam. at base, 0.5 - 1 cm at middle and 0.3 - 0.7 cm at tip, light green in mature plants, greyish-brown tinged when young; leaf blade subpedatisect, leaflets 5-9, stalkless, 5.5 - 17 x 1.7 - 6.5 cm, elliptic to obovate, base wedge-shaped, tip falling off in monoecious plants, mucronate in dioecious male plants, dark or pale green above, glossy below. Corms are warty, flesh-coloured, hemispherical. Berries are 6-9 mm long and 1-1.2 cm across in the middle, obovoid-oblong, green when tender, becomes orange-scarlet after maturity. Seeds spherical, 0.2 - 0.3 mm long and 0.2 mm across, brown. Pink Cobra Lily is found in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Junnar hills, Pune, Maharashtra.

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