Murray's Cobra Lily
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Murray's Cobra Lily
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Murray's Cobra Lily • Marathi: पांढरा सापकांदा Pandhra sap-kanda
Botanical name: Arisaema murrayi    Family: Araceae (Arum family)

Murray's Cobra Lily is a species of Cobra Lily found in the Western Ghats. It is a tuberous herb, 30-50 cm high. A single leaf, with 5-7 leaflets, comes out after the flowers. The inflorescence is typical of the cobra lily plants. The spathe (or the "hood") is 5-15 cm, forming wide tube at the base, The upper part of the spathe is white with purple base. The lower part is green. A deep purple threadlike appendage comes out from the spadix. It is curved and protrudes out of the "hood". Minute flowers reside on the spadix, covered by the spathe.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.
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