Common name: Voodoo Lily, Corpseflower • Hindi: सांप की बुट्टी Samp ki butti, Bhasmakand • Marathi: नुरकी Nurki
Botanical name: Sauromatum venosum Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Arum pedatum, Arum venosum, Sauromatum pedatum
Voodoo Lily is a very unusual, shade loving plant, found in the Himamalyas.
It produces a tubular shaped, purplish green flower, with dark purple
markings on the inside, which surrounds a blackish purple central spike,
making the spike look like it has been provided its own vase. When the
large finger-like flower, 2-3 ft, blooms, its emits a foul smell, inspiring
names like corpseflower. The real botanical flowers tiny, covered by the spathe (flap like object). The flowers are followed by lovely green leaves
2 ft purple mottled and speckled stems, providing an umbrella for its
roots. Voodoo lily put up its show in early summer and grows 2-3 ft tall.
Tubers are 24+ cm.
|Photographed at Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh.|