India as per POWO;
a-mor-fo-FAL-us — without definite form … Dave’s Botanary
kom-yoo-TAH-tus — changing … Dave’s Botanary 

commonly known asdragon stalk yamwild yam • Kannadaಕಾಡು ಸುವರ್ಣಗಡ್ಡೆ kaadu suvarnagadde • Malayalamകാട്ടുചേന kattucena • Marathiमोगरी कंद mogari kandaशेवळा shevala • Tuluಕಾಟ್ಟುಕೇನೆ kaattukene 

I came across this old woman in my recent trip to Tungareshwar WLS, near Mumbai. Just alone, unequipped without any fear of word WILD, she said she crosses more than 20 kms of way through dense jungle and finds out the wild vegetables from the forest floor, which is their natural food for routine. I am attaching a pic of her and the vegetation jungly suran Amorphophallus commutatus that she searched finally after a long walk.

pl id this araceae member from Gujarat.

This looks like the fruit of an Arisaema sp. possibly A.tortuosum locally called Sapkanda.

I think it is Amorphophallus commutatus

Thanks a lot … for your responses.
…, do you think the fruits and lvs belong to different taxa? I thought they are same. The lvs appear to be of Amorphophallus.
I have also collected Arisaema tortuosum from the same locality (that i’ll attach in separate mail). As the leaves are 3-sect, i think it should be Amorphophallus (whether the fruits & lvs appear together in this group?), as … said. But couldn’t reach species level id.

Can i take … id (Am. commutatus) as final?

it seems i have missed several valuable discussions before i join the group. i haven’t seen flowers of this species.

now i am convinced by a leaf photo by … in an earlier link.

Photos taken at Aarey colony, Near Newzeland Hostel.

Date 16th August 2009.

… ¿ some Amorphophallus species ?

Looks like wild yam plant.
Bot. Name:  Amorphophallus commutatus
Family : araceae (arum family)
posted my pics for comparison. (pics taken at Conservation Education centre, Goregaon(E), Mumbai) in the months of July to Aug.)
Flowers come first – just before the onset of the monsoon. leaves appear after the rains. (already posted pics of flowers and fruits)


There is a part of this vegetable that is not edible.
See pics.
What’s its biological name?
What nutrients are best available from this vegie?

Amorphophallus commutatus, the dragon stalk yam … earlier posted by … in separate posts.

It appears to be some member of family Araceae.






I had posted it before. now i am posting all stages of the plant.
Botanical name : Ammorphophallus commutatus
marathi name : Shevla
hindi name : jangli suran
English common name : Dragon stalk yam.
Family: araceae (arum)
Flower stalk appears first just before the onset of monsoon. Flower stalks are edible. I do not about the nutrients it has. But the vegetable is tasty.
Leaves appear later after rains.

Now u will see these plants bearing the fruits.
i have numbered the pics to understand the growth of the plant.

Please refer to Common Indian Wild Flowers on page 114 for Amorphophallus commutatus. Thats the Shevla in Marathi.

I read the article on Shevla and want to  state that my mom who is now 87yrs old can still make the tastiest Amtee (curry) with this exotic vegetable !!!! Unfortunately, since we are now settled in Delhi we can only ask some friends in Mumbai in the months of May/ Jun to send these tasty vegetables if they can lay their hands on them !!! ”


Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. var. anmodensis Sivad. et Jaleel


ID please 09062020PK1 : 13 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1) – 1 mb.

ID requested for the following attachment.
Date/Time-: 09/06/2020   –     07:15
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-    Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- herb

If this is indeed from S India it could very well be an undescribed species as it does not seem to fall in any of the known species for India. To be sure I will ask the person that will do the Amorphophallus treatment for the new and upcoming Flora of India and ask him to reply to the group. Stunning find!

I would advise to check this against Am. commutatus. It is a very variable species with several subspecies. You also need to present pictures of the inner organs.

If it can be well separated from all forms of commutatus, it may be a new species

I feel almost 100% sure that your plant is A. commutatus subsp. brevipedunculatus

The attached image is of Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. var. anmodensis Sivad. et Jaleel, Rheedea 12(2): 159. 2002.

I could not find a literature reference for the suggestion of Wilbert (ssp. brevipedunculata) but I referred … to that exact variety anmodensis too as it was described from Goa and that is close to where this plant was found.

Apart from Rheedea it can be found here too: Research Gate

Sivadasan is correct but I thought the name ssp. or var. brevipedunculatus had been published earlier for what is var. anmodensis.

Will check that again.

The last 7 days i encountered this flower twice in different parts of maharashtra. A week ago, i was in Jawhar (a tribal taluka in north Maharashtra) for workshop on bio-diversity conservation. Where I was served a ice delicious food prepared by this flower by a tribal family. Yestrday, me & … were at Southern gate of SGNP, where I again saw this flower, locally known as Shevla. In English it is Dragons Stalk Yam and in scifi language it is amorphollus comoutatus

Do you mean A. coaetaneus?

In the morning, while posting I was having breakfast, so was typing with one finger. The right name of this flower is Amorphophallus commutatus.
The link of the flower on INW is

A Dragon Stalk Yam was seen in Nagla Block three weeks ago but my photograph is not as good as the one attached here.

I was presented such a huge suran last week in a tribal village of Jawahar taluka in northern Maharashtra, for attending the work shop on bio-diversity conservation.

attached pics of Amorphophallus commutatus.
pic taken at Conservation Education Centre, Forest near film city, Goregaon East, Mumbai on 11th June 2009.
common English name : Dragon stalk yam
local marathi name : Shevla (Maharashtrians make lovely vegetable of the flower.)
This flower appears just before the onset of the monsoon. leaves appear with the rains. The pic is not of a fresh flower, that is why it  is drooping.

Nice pix … This is the same genus as Titan Arum, a genus of about 170 sps from Arum family, Araceae.

Amorphophallus titanum : Titan Arum, (largest flower structure on earth). The flower is more than 2.5 m high, about 3.25 m in circumference, diameter of about 1 metre and smells of rotten flesh. More on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_arum.



Place: Kanheri Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park) … about 652 ft asl
Time: Jun 17, 2012 around 10.30am
Habit: herb
Habitat: rocky terrain, amidst deciduous forest

Plant height: about 20 – 40 cm, of variable heights

This is most probably Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. of Araceae family

Many many thanks … for convincing thought.
Our friend … too has same thought

This seems to be A.commutatus shevla in marathi.


Names of Plants in India :: Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl.:    Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. … (family: Araceae)

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
a-mor-fo-FAL-us — without definite formDave’s Botanary
kom-yoo-TAH-tus — changingDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: dragon stalk yamMalayalam: കാത്തു ചേന kattu-cenaMarathi: मोगरी कंद mogari kanda, शेवळा shevala
botanical names: Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. … synonym: Conophallus commutatus Schott … The Plants List
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Photographed along NH8 near Sasunavaghar … 21 JUN 08
Dear friends,
to validate: लोत (lota) – a medicinal plant and its root. The flower is called शेवाळें (shevalen) … A dictionary, Marathi and English by Molesworth, J. T. (James Thomas). Would the names refer to this plant ?

Reply to “to validate: लोत (lota) – a medicinal plant and its root. The flower is called शेवाळें (shevalen) … A dictionary, Marathi and English by Molesworth, J. T. (James Thomas). Would the names refer to this plant ? ”
If these are in Sanskrit then they do not apply to this. As Lota (may be Lata(लता) it is a twinner, and shevala (शेवल) is plant floating on water. (Amarakosha)
Incidentally I am sending a book cover we have edited. Name in English is Plants in Amarakosha (Amarakosha is alexicon in Sanskrit which dates back to 5th or 6th century A.D. We have given names and photos of 227 plants out of 279 plants in Amarakosha.
Pdf of book is ready I dont know how to send it as size is big 12 MB or so.

My mistake, apologies: I did not mention about the language in which these names need validation.
It is Marathi. I am referring to an entry found in A dictionary, Marathi and English by Molesworth, J. T. (James Thomas).
Marathi-knowing friends may validate my query.

Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl.
a-mor-fo-FAL-us — without definite form … Dave’s Botanary
kom-yoo-TAH-tus — changing … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: dragon stalk yam, wild yam • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಸುವರ್ಣಗಡ್ಡೆ kaadu suvarnagadde • Malayalam: കാട്ടുചേന kattucena • Marathi: मोगरी कंद mogari kanda, शेवळा shevala • Tulu: ಕಾಟ್ಟುಕೇನೆ kaattukene
botanical namesAmorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. … synonymsConophallus commutatus Schott … more at GBIF

Bibliography / etymology
~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
dragon stalk yam
wild yam
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಕಾಡು ಸುವರ್ಣಗಡ್ಡೆ kaadu suvarnagadde
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
കാട്ടുചേന kattucena
  • Many thanks to VC Balakrishnan for help with this name … facebook
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
मोगरी कंद mogari kanda
शेवळा shevala
~~~~~ TULU ~~~~~
ಕಾಟ್ಟುಕೇನೆ kaattukene
~~~~~ x ~~~~~

Place: Kanheri Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park) … about 652 ft asl
Time: Jun 17, 2012 around 9.30am

Habit: herb
Habitat: rocky terrain, amidst deciduous forest
Plant height: about 40 – 50 cm

Had reported this plant on this forum from my property at Shahapur in June 2010 as Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus [but unfortunately I cannot locate that mail in the archives of this group. Please see if you can].

I am also not too sure now whether that is the correct diagnosis.

Your post in archive is at https://groups.google.com/d/msg/indiantreepix/iPAF8H4WuFg/lkivfQL9QM0J
On comparison, my observations:
My posted plant has

  1. thinner stalk
  2. more number of male and female flowers
  3. the height of spadix quite less.
  4. the spathe does not have any variagations — the spathe in your posted plant seem to have the typical blurred circles in lighter tone of green

All these observations may not be of importance; these variations could be possible for the species you are suggesting.
Let us wait for comments – it will help resolve ID(s) of our plants.

I too think that … plant is different from that of … posted, at least the variety.

Looks like Amorphophallus smithsonianus to me.

Correction, due to the lack of staminodes in between the male and female zone this is a pale form of commutatus. Smithsonianus has large staminodes present which this plant lacks.

Requesting to please ID this arum captured on the Silonda trail, SGNP in Mumbai in July 2013.
There is confusion regarding whether it is Amorphophallus commutatus
A local guide accompanying us told us that it is not ‘Shevla’, he showed us another stalk which he claimed to be Shevla (Amorphophallus commutatus I believe).

I have attached 2 sets of pics, requesting to please confirm if both are the same species ((Amorphophallus commutatus)

Following are links of images of A. commutatus Engl. –



Attached are pictures of Amorphophallus commutatus captured from Konkan, Maharashtra in May 2014.

This has been earlier posted on this forum.

Konkan, May 2014 :: Requesting ID of this arum :: 12JUN014 :: ARK-27: 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7).

Requesting to please ID this arum captured near Devgad, Maharashtra in May 2014.

Is this Amorphophallus commutatus? We ate a vegetable made out of this.

Yes this seems to be A.commutatus commonly known as shevla in Marathi.

Often sold in local market as vegetable.

Yes, Amorphophallus commutatus. Usually it comes out under mango tree.

Yes, …, these were under the mango trees and lots of them too….

Any particular reason for this?

The plant is Amorphophallus commutatus


Came across this herb at CBD Hills.
Bot Name: Amorphophallus commutatus
Family: Araceae
Date/Time: 12-06-2010/ 09:00AM
Location: CBD Belapur Hills, Navi Mumbai

Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Herb





Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: Araceae-::Amorphophallus commutatus at CBD Belapur Hills :: PKA18: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7).

Sharing few photographs of Amorphophallus commutatus (Family: Araceae).
Location: CBD Belapur Hills, Navi Mumbai.

Very good photographs …




Amorphophallus commutatus at CBD Belapur Hills : Attachments (7). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Sharing few photographs of Amorphophallus commutatus (Family: Araceae).
CBD Belapur Hills, Navi Mumbai.

Beautiful pictures …


Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus : 9 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (6)

Was at my farm at Shahapur over the weekend (June’2010). Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus was flowering. Sending a few photographs.

Eager to know about the climber having heart shaped leaves in picture no.5. Is it Dioscorea or Giloi or anything else?

It is Dioscorea bulbifera. The local name is Kadu Karanda

Amorphophallus  – devil’s tongue
Such a beautiful plant, adorable.
But then, why the name – devil’s tongue. Is it found in a haunted

Appears similar to … images of Amorphophallus commutatus (Schott) Engl. at efi thread

Pl. confirm

Affirmative. My mistake. It is Amorphophallus commutatus.

I am totally baffled about how people can mistake such a species for Am. paeoniifolius!! It is indeed A. commutatus.

The name A. paeoniifolius var. campanulatus is another nonsense name (see my publications on this, Flora of China / Flora of Thailand)).



Nagla forest … part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Elevation range: sea level to about 600 ft asl … July 2, 2011
Could this be a familiar sight of Amorphophallus commutatus ?

Yes to me also appear close to images at Amorphophallus commutatus


167-TSP-ID-16SEP2018-1 plant at Agumbe for ID : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)

Kindly examine and identify this plant  

Habit:  Shrub 

Habitat:Semi-evergreen forest 

Sighting: Agumbe, Karnataka, 




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