Shield Leaf Ariopsis
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Shield Leaf Ariopsis
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Shield Leaf Ariopsis • Malayalam: കൽത്താളു kalththaalu, കൽത്താമര kalththaamara • Marathi: खडकतेरी khadakteri, नागमणी nagamani
Botanical name: Ariopsis peltata    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Shield Leaf Ariopsis is a small tuberous herb, tubers 1-3 cm across.. Leaves are shield-shaped, 11-14 cm across, and the stalk joins the leaf, not at the edge, but somewhere in the middle. The species name peltata emphasizes this aspect of the leaves. The leaves occur singly and the stalk is 9-19 cm long. The inflorescence is approximately 1-1.5 cm inch long. It is very much like the flower of Cobra Lilies, with the actual flowers enclosed in a spathe. Spadix appears with or after leaves. Peduncle is about 7 cm long, spathe 2 x 0.5 cm, pale pinkish. Flowers are unisexual - females are born on one side of the peduncle, at base and the males are placed above. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Manikgad, Maharashtra.

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