Arisaema tortuosum

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Arisaema tortuosum
Whipcord Cobra Lily.jpg
Arisaema tortuosum near Purandar fort, Western Ghats, Maharashtra, India
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Arisaemateae
Genus: Arisaema
Species: A.  tortuosum
Binomial name
Arisaema tortuosum
(Wall.) Schott

Arisaema tortuosum, the whipcord cobra lily, is a plant species in the family Araceae.[1] It has a distinctive purple or green whip-like spadix which arises from the mouth of its "jack-in the-pulpit" flower and may be up to 30 cm long.[1] Flowers may be male or bisexual.[2] The clustered fruits are green at first, ripening to red.[2] The plant grows in large clumps and can be up to 2 metres in height.[1]

It occurs in rhododendron forest, scrub and alpine meadows in the Himalayas, western China, southern India and Myanmar.[1]

The species is readily propagated from seed or offsets.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Whipcord Cobra Lily". Flowers of India. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Arisaema Species Five". Pacific Bulb Society. Retrieved 2009-07-22.