Typhonium venosum

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Voodoo lily
Voodoo Lily (Sauromatum guttatum).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Genus: Typhonium
Species: T. venosum
Binomial name
Typhonium venosum
(Dryand. ex Aiton) Hett. & P.C.Boyce

Arum venosum Dryand. ex Aiton
Sauromatum guttatum (Wall.) Schott
Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth

Typhonium venosum (Voodoo-lily or Arum cornutum (traders' name)), is an ornamental plant in the Araceae. This is species is an aroid, not a true lily.


Typhonium venosum, probably better known under its synonym Sauromatum venosum, is a common shade-loving house or garden plant from temperate and tropical Africa and Asia. It grows to around 20 inches tall from an underground corm. A large T. venosum corm can spawn multiple new corms. Inflorescences emerge before their leaves. This plant is also known as the Voodoo bulb because of its ability to flower from a corm without soil and water. An inflorescence has a purplish-brown-spotted, yellowish spathe and a purplish-brown spadix which emit a strong odor perceived as similar to cow manure, rotting flesh, or a dirty wet dog, depending on who smells the inflorescence. The odor lasts about 2 days, and attracts carrion-feeding insects, such as calliphorid flies and silphid beetles which can pollinate this plant.

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It produces its own heat.[1]


  1. ^ Yoon, Carol Kaesuk (1 October 1996). "Heat of Lotus Attracts Insects And Scientists" – via NYTimes.com. 

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