Common name: Shield Leaf Ariopsis • Marathi: Kadaktheri, Kadaktriri
Botanical name: Ariopsis peltata Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Remusatia vivipara
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 at Manikgad, Maharashtra.|