Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson, Taxon 26: 337 1977. (Syn: Amorphophallus campanulatus Decne. ..; Amorphophallus chatty Andrews; Amorphophallus decurrens (Blanco) Kunth; Amorphophallus dixenii K.Larsen & S.S.Larsen; Amorphophallus dubius Blume; Amorphophallus giganteus Blume [Illegitimate]; Amorphophallus gigantiflorus Hayata; Amorphophallus malaccensis Ridl.; Amorphophallus microappendiculatus Engl.; Amorphophallus paeoniifolius var. campanulatus (Decne.) Sivad.; Amorphophallus rex Prain; Amorphophallus rex Prain ex Hook. f.; Amorphophallus sativus Blume; Amorphophallus virosus N.E.Br.; Arum campanulatum Roxb. [Illegitimate]; Arum decurrens Blanco; Arum phalliferum Oken; Arum rumphii Gaudich. [Illegitimate]; Arum rumphii Oken; Candarum hookeri Schott [Illegitimate]; Candarum roxburghii Schott [Illegitimate]; Candarum rumphii Schott [Illegitimate]; Conophallus giganteus Schott ex Miq. [Illegitimate]; Conophallus sativus (Blume) Schott; Dracontium paeoniifolium Dennst.; Dracontium polyphyllum Dennst. [Illegitimate]; Dracontium polyphyllum G.Forst.; Hydrosme gigantiflora (Hayata) S.S.Ying; Kunda verrucosa Raf. [Illegitimate]; Plesmonium nobile Schott; Pythion campanulatum Mart.);
Elephant foot yam, Whitespot giant arum, Stink lily; Marathi– Randraksha, Bombalya;


041111PD02 Amorphophallus paeoniifolius Flora of Orissa:
sharing the just grown plant of Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

Name: Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
Family: Araceae
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Orissa
Altitude: 230 m above msl
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Moist deciduous forest

Wow beautiful . If I am not mistaken is this what is ‘Suran’ in Marathi.?

since it seems these are “flowers” at different stages, was it a colony f plants thet were different stages in theife cycle or did you end up following o few/ or one for a few days?
if you were following it for a few days did you get to see its fruiting stage?
I know these are a lot of questions but if you have the data would love to know…


Elephant Yam : MNP,Mumbai : 130812 : AK-1:
Saw this plant yesterday at Maharashtra Nature Park, Mumbai..

Date 12/8/12.
Height of the plant approx. 5-6 feet.
Locally known as Suran.
Kindly confirm id.

I think it is a Amorphophallus species.

Affirmative. This is Amorphophallus konjac [Elephant Yam, Elephant Foot]. Had collected a corm from a friend and planted it on my property at Shahapur, where it grew into a 6 – 7 ft. tall plant [dead centre in photographs 6 & 7]. Sending a few photographs.

Wow!! I was checking the archive after reading your reply and realy enjoyed viewing these photos.

Have you seen the flower?


is Amorphophallus konjac Amorphophallus camapanulatus? because in ayurveda suran picture shown here is called Amorphophallus camapanulatus

Wonderful… just learned that its called SOOORAN in Gujarati… a must put in ingredient for Surati Undhiyu… a delight if one can get it cooked by a real SURATI lady…

I think it is our edible Amorphophallus species. Its malayalam name is ‘Chena’
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson.
Syn: Dracontium paeoniifolium Dennst.; Amorphophallus dubius Blume; Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson var. campanulatus (Decne.) Sivad.

Actually I had also identified it as the same as your id.
But after …  gave its id as A. konjac, I wasn’t sure since my knowledge in this field is very limited.
Thanks for the id.
I was told this is the edible one, locally known as Suran.
There is one more species that is Purple from inside, would you know the name for it?

It is very difficult to identify a species of Amorphophallus from vegetaive plant.
for me too, it looks like Amorphophallus paeoniifolius
But I can not confirm the same unless until I see an inflorescence.

There is a recent thread on this yam….
with some more spectacular pictures and very patient long term follow up by …
added the link here for reference



Araceae Fortnight 1 Aug to 15 Aug 2014 : Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson (wild) : SK-42: 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3).
This is wild one, photographed today, a young plant of 1 ft only, on roadside. My earlier upload – efi thread

Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight SN 21 ID ? : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2).
Amorphophallus paeoniifolius ? erect herb from Cannnore area of Kerala

Yes Sir, looks like so.


Plz id this plant: pa67 – 26dec2012: Plz id this woody plant of about 2 to 3 foot height from Mankhurd region. I have atached a photo of the fruits.

This is the edible Yam a species of Amorphophallus [possibly A.konjac]. Please check the archives of this group for my photographs of this.

Here are some more recent photographs taken from August to December this year.

has anybody ever dug up this elephant foot yam? what does it look like and edible? then what does it taste like???

just a couple of emails down…
is this thread
it answered my own question
it has synonyms galore: I quote….

Amorphophallus campanulatus Roxb. Or Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson var. campanulatus (Decne.) Sivad. ” end quote….

its other name is SURAN
we dont see it in Bengal, at least I have not seen it …
comes from the western india
Thanks for the excellent long term follow up pictures of the fruiting head…
number six is a candidate for a poster of this plant if you decide to make one… love it

Very unlikely to be konjac, which is native to SW China, S Japan.

Can it be Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson as per earlier thread

Can it be Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson as per earlier thread

Sorry, I cannot say anything about the species identification here, but … might, as he has been looking at wild Amorphophallus in northern Vietnam.
However, I find the ripening sequence on the fruiting head interesting: from top first to bottom last. It looks like a way of controlling or spreading over time the dispersal of seeds.
By contrast, when wild Colocasia esculenta develops red berries, there is no obvious spatial difference in the ripening sequence. The whole fruiting head appears to be ripening at about the same time, though not very evenly.
Such differences in ripening pattern might reflect different patterns of dispersal by different herbivores (birds, mammals, etc.).

Has anyone seen what specific animals feed n Amorphophallus fruiting heads?

This is most likely common paeoniifolius, widespread through Maharashtra and most other S Indian states as well as Assam. Fruithead and ripening sequence of the berries are quite characteristic for this species. The other “big” species in Maharashtra, Am. commutatus has different fruits held on a longer stalk and does not occur near Mumbai as far as I know. As … already stated, Am. konjac is from SW China and S Japan and not part of the flora of India. I have never encountered konjac on any of the fieldtrips I have made through the S Indian states, not cultivated or escaped into the wild.


in Salempur village of Kheri district Uttar Pradesh India– 10/7/07?; 22/04/2010, 10.20 am- at the Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; phallus like flower – indiantreepix | Google Groups

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Fwd: Plant information : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 2 mb.

Which flower is this

Where and when was it clicked?

It is in my kitchen garden

I was doing something there and I saw this

I haven’t seen it earlier that’s why I just sent you to know more about it

Which city are you in?

Chatra Jharkhand

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius ?

Thanks, … Yes, appears to be as per Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson



Hooghly Today : Amorphophallus campanulatus Bl. ? : Attachments (4).  3 posts by 2 authors.

This is commonly found in rural wasteplace and private properties.

efi page on Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (syn. Amorphophallus campanulatus Decne.)

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is correct ID.

Yes, Sir, this is Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson, often planted here, one or two, i empty places, or even on roadside!


Hooghly : Amorphophallus campanulatus var. blumei Prain ? :  Attachments (5).  6 posts by 3 authors.

This is cultivated, recorded on 3/5/2013.

Wow wonderful farm with rich soft soil. Must be getting large tubers from it.

We call it OL, and i too eat it. The corms, sold in the markets, are really large, reddish.

Thank you very much.

efi page on Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (syn: Amorphophallus campanulatus var. blumei Prain)

As per key in Bengal plants, without tuber or flower this particular variety cannot be ascertain.

I guess Amorphophallus paeoniifolius is the correct ID.

This is also Amorphophallus paeoniifolius (Dennst.) Nicolson, Sir.