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.
Flowering: June July.
Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
|Photographed in Kufri, Himachal Pradesh.|