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Cobra Lily

Arisaema tortuosum


This is a yam. The hooded bract and snakey like inflorescence give rise to the name snake lily, cobra lily etc. Indigenous people of the forest eat the tuber as a vegetable.


Leaves and inflorescence appear during the south west monsoons in the Western Ghats of India. Tubers remain dormant in the dry season.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jun 27, 2012
Submitted on Jun 27, 2012

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