Sikkim Cobra Lily
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Sikkim Cobra Lily
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sikkim Cobra Lily • Nepali: ढकाया Dhokaya
Botanical name: Arisaema utile    Family: Araceae (Arum family )

This very intriguing plant has a flower that is shaped like an extended hood of a Cobra. The leaves of Sikkim Cobra Lily are divided into three large leaflets. The middle one is rhombic to almost circular. The flower has large outer bract enclosing the flower-head, known as the spathe. The spathe is purple in colour with white stripes. A thread-like appendage, 15-22 cm long, longer than the spathe, extends forward from within the bract. Sikkim Cobra Lily is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to Bhutan and Sikkim, at altitudes of 2800-3100 m. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess Photographed in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.

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