|A not-so-pale view of hills|
|A meadow teems with monsoon gifts|
|The trees are ghostly shapes overgrown with ferns and moss|
|Arisaema propinquum flowering|
Arisaema tortuosum or Wallich's Cobra Lily has a remarkable resemblance to the cobra's hood. It grows to a height of about 30 cm and has a dark purple hood (spathe) striped with whitish green and a beautiful nettled pattern. The spathe ends in a short pointed tail much like a cobra with its tongue in check. The fruit is like a cob of corn, green at first and maturing to a bright orange red in fall much like a smoked-out painter's psychedelic rendering of corn.
|Arisaema propinquum flower|
Text by Sahastrarashmi (thanks to K S Gopi Sundar for identification help)
Photographs of Cobra Lilies by K S Gopi Sundar /Sahastrarashmi Other photographs by Sahastrarashmi