Sauromatum venosum (Aiton) Kunth, Enum. pl. 3:28. 1841 (Syn: (≡) Arum venosum Aiton (basionym); (=) Sauromatum guttatum Schott; (≡) Typhonium venosum (Aiton) Hett. & P. C. Boyce) as per GRIN;
Typhoniumvenosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Hett. & P.C.Boyce, Aroideana 23: 51 2000 (Syn. Alocasiapedata (Link & Otto) Raf.; Arisaemaguttatum Wall.; Arisaemavenosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Blume; Arumclavatum Desf.; Arumfugax Salisb.; Arumguttatum Wall. [Illegitimate]; Arumpedatum Link & Otto; Arumpedatum Fisch. ex Spreng.;  Arumpedatum Willd.Arumsessiliflorum Roxb.; Arumsimlense Engl. [Invalid]; Arumvenosum Dryand. ex Aiton; Desmesiavenosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Raf.; Jaimenostiafernandopoana Guinea & Gómez Mor.Sauromatumguttatum Schott ……..; Sauromatumnubicum Schott .; Sauromatumpedatum (Link & Otto) Schott; Sauromatumpulchrum Miq.; Sauromatumpunctatum K.Koch; Sauromatumsessiliflorum (Roxb.) Kunth; Sauromatumsimlense Schott; Sauromatumvenosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth) as per The Plant List;
saw-ROH-muh-tum — from saura, a lizard; alluding to the specked interior of the spathe
ven-OH-sum — meaning, with veins
commonly known as: corpseflower, voodoo lily • Hindi: सांप की बुट्टी samp ki butti • Marathi: नुरकी nurki
Native to: India, Pakistan
The tuber just needs to be big enough to flower but when it does you will smell it sooner than you see it. The flowers are usually dark brown and spotted and appear before the leaves. The tuber can even flower out of soil.
The fruits are often half buried in the soil. They usually start to color from red to purple when fully ripe. In contrast to several other Araceae do the peduncles of Sauromatum not extend after pollination so the fruit will be at the same level as the initial inflorescence: close to the soil.
A more compact form of S. venosum can be found in Maharashtra state, the Himalayan forms tend to be taller and more lush.


Sauromatum: I think the plant is Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth
Picture is taken from Maharashtra, on the way to Mahabaleshwar

– Yes  it is

Sauromatum venosum (Ait.) Schott, Prodr. Aroid. 71, 1860; Sharma et al, Fl. Mah. St. 220, 1996.
Synonyms: Arum venosum Ait. in Hort. Kew. ed. 10. 3: 315, 1789. Sauromatum guttatum (Wall.) Schott in Schott & Endl. Meletem. Bot. 1: 17, 1832; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 508, 1893; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bombay 3: 335, 1958 (Repr.). S. pedatum (Willd.) Schott in Schott Endl. op cit.

Common name: Nurki.


Some old Kalatope id’s.. Al011111: Some old id’s forgotten but this one came to memeory because of my old
Arisaema sp. id’s

Location Kalatope, Chamba
Altitude 2100 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 30-36 inches

Season July
I could never see the flowering in this one… wonder why…??

This is Sauromatum venosum, not an Arisaema. The tuber just needs to be big enough to flower but when it does you will smell it sooner than you see it. The flowers are usually dark brown and spotted and appear
before the leaves. The tuber can even flower out of soil.
Just feed it well and I am sure it will flower.


Herb for ID – Wai (Maharashtra) – By Prasad Pandhare:  I am forwarding a pic of probably a herb (or may be a climber not sure) that was clicked last week near Wai (Maharashtra Western Ghats). I am requesting if some one could ID this.

Arisaema sp. I hope

Local Marathi name for this plant is : Ran-Suran.

Check for Amorphophallus bulbifer (ref: Flowers of India)

Pl also check it for Sauromatum venosum.

Agree with …, fair chance of it being Sauromatum venosum.
This species flowers before the leaves appear.

Last year I had posted pictures of the same plant. This year I wanted to keep a track of it to observe its flowering. But I was in US and missed the opportunity again. Hope I will find it next year.

This could be Sauromatum venosum.

I have collections of this species in my garden, collected from the same locality..


Arisaema propinquum from Bhadarwah J&K:

Kindly confirm this ID
Bot. name: Arisaema propinquum
Family: Araceae
Location: Bhadarwah J&K
Altitude: 2500 m asl

Date: 14th August 2012

Incorrect, this looks to be Sauromatum venosum.



Fruit for id from Manali-NS 2012: This fruit was earlier found by me and … in Shimla (in 2010), no associated vegetative parts were around…

again I got it in Manali, in similar condition,
the fruits were lying on ground as if borne on a very short peduncle, but peduncle could not be seen
looks like any member from Araceae.. closest I can think is Sauromatum venosum….

want to have your opinion please…

I think your assesment is correct, this indeed is the fruit of Sauromatum venosum, the fruits are often half buried in the soil as can be seen on this picture:
They usually start to color from red to purple when fully ripe. In contrast to several other Araceae do the peduncles of Sauromatum not extend after pollination so the fruit will be at the same level as the initial inflorescence: close to the soil.

A more compact form of S. venosum can be found in Maharashtra state, the Himalayan forms tend to be taller and more lush.



ID plz : Attachments (1). 6 posts by 5 authors.

Need ID of following attachment
Location: Hajimalang’


It looks like Amorphophallus. Perhaps A. konjac

Perhaps Sauromatum sp.

Sauromatum venosum

This is Sauromatum venosum (Araceae)

Herb of ID : 14072013 : RV 1 :  Attachments (2). 6 posts by 5 authors.

Please help to identify this herb…. picture taken on 2nd July in wild at Goregaon, Mumbai.

Some species of Amorphophallus , I think

Yes indeed
Some species of Amorphophallus

in Hindi  Suran

Typhonium venosum syn. Sauromattum guttatum of Araceae.

Typhonium venosum syn. Sauromattum venosum

Family: Araceae

I also recently observed quite a number of these plants on Purandar and also in the area at the base of it last week but failed to find any inflorescence so far. It should arise before the leaves would appear I suppose.

Thanks … for the help and a big thanks to … and … for the identification…….this plant had me searched lot of books but was a big mystery till today.


Wild Plant For ID : 140813 : AK-1 :  Attachments (2). 5 posts by 3 authors.

Saw this wild plant on way from Nasik to Saputara, on the Gujarat border on 7/8/13.

Arisaema or Yam species?

This is a species of Typhonium.

Typhonium venosum

Request for identification :  Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Request for identification…
This image is captured by … from Akole, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
Date: 11th Dec 2014
Location: Harishchandra Gad area, Tah: Akole, Dist: Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.

Seems to be fruiting peduncle of Sauromatum guttatum… this is close to ground..

Sauromatum pedatum: Herbs with very foul smelling flowers. [Mandi dist.: 1200 m asl]

Very beautiful…


Images by D.S. Rawat (Placed here by J.M.Garg)



Arecaceae, Araceae, Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14 Aug 2014: Sauromatum venosum (Araceae) from Uttarakhand_DSR_23 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Sauromatum venosum (Dryand ex Ait.) Kunth is a common herb in lower hills of Uttarakhand.

Flowers appear earlier than solitary leaf thus often escapes notice.


Seen on way to Saputara in August 2013.

Identified by …

Sauromatum venosum ??? : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Kindly validate or help in identification.
Botanical name: Sauromatum venosum
Synonyms: Arisaema venosum, Sauromatum guttatum, S. simlense, Typhonium venosum
Flowering: First week of May (Short lived); Only a few plants develop inflorescence.
Appearance of Leaves: First week of July
Place: Nearby areas of Shimla

Yes it looks S.venosum.

I also agree with your id … still more expert opinions will be helpful..


This infructescence was shot from Manali..
I hope this belongs to Sauromatum guttatum….please provide your inputs..

To me also it looks like Sauromatum venosum (=S. guttatum). The infructescence develop just at the soil level.


This beautiful spathe was recorded from Chakrata area in April this year…
Sauromatum guttatum

Yes, male flowers are visible but female still hiding inside spathe at the base of spadix.


Sauromatum venosum



Sauromatum venosum? ABMAY01/10 : 8 posts by 4 authors. 3 images.
I found a lone specimen of this today. I looked around to see if there was another but didn’t find any more. I think this is Sauromatum venosum. Please advise.
Sauromatum venosum
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m approx.

6 May 2015

Yes it is. May be now in Typhonium genus.

leaves emerge a bit later may be we can see them?

Yes, I think, Sauromatum venosum.

Thank you …, I will take a look soon to see if we have the leaves.

It remains leafless during the flowering phase and will develop leaves in the end of June.

I noticed the fresh leaves yesterday but since I haven’t been checking everyday these could have been out for some days.

nice. lets see what … thinks. for my part i like to see the spiralling leaves emerging on one stem?

pictures from kew are informative, current growing not old literature.

I still think the same. Let the leaves expand fully and become pedate. I can also post the photographs of leaves.

Here is one from yesterday. 1 image.

Wonderful. you got it. just by looks… it matches the pattern of the umbrella like curvy “stem” on which the serrated leaflets are growing, and the veins are too.
Dave’s garden site shows leaves upfront as soon as the link opens up.
the kew url above: one has to open the button for more info to see the leaves. the dx is correct then

wonder what would … opinion be now, … let us know please.

did fruits ever develop
I dont know the natural history of this plant
May be … can tell us?

I still remain with my first opinion:- Sauromatum venosum only.
Baba Ram Dev Ji call it Telia Kand and working on its anti-cancerous properties.
… can search for its fruits which remain at the ground level and may be half inside.

I found fruit on at least one plant (I have been looking) this morning and photographed it. Hopefully in the coming days I will see more fruiting. 2 images.

nice to see the young fruits (green). thanks for the follow up.

lets see what they turn to  — color-wise esp. since … said Dr Almeida mentions color red for the berries.
and if there are many, may be you can dig one.. to look at the rhizome.

Thank you …. There are many here but I have found only one fruiting yet. But I will see if others are fruiting soon too and collect a sample for a closer look.

I was glad to find two flowers of S. venosum growing side by side. I peeled the spathe to reveal the male and female flowers (since the plant is quite common in our area, I took the liberty!). Here are the results.

Sauromatum venosum

Above Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP
1850m approx.
29 April 2017

Attachments (7)

Wonderful images, …


KH 15 : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)

Collection: Kalsubai-Harishchandragad wildlife sanctuary

Habitat: Forest
Collection: Fresh plant September 2015

Collected By: Mahendra Khyade

Must be some species of Sauromatum in Araceae.

Sauromatumspecies in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

Yes, could be Sauromatum venosum.

I agree, that is Sauromatum venosum

Species id requested : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Mhow, Dist Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Species id requested
Plant growing in a residential garden


May be Sauromatum guttatum..

Thanks, …, for the Id.
I also think it matches with images at Sauromatum venosum (syn. Sauromatum guttatum)

Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth (accepted name) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 29 April 2017
Altitude: 4400 ft.

Nice images, from home garden!!

2 May 2018

Attachments (4)

Identification : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2) – 3 & 4 mb.

I’d required
Tuber and fruiting body
Rajouri Jammu and Kashmir

Araceae sp. !

Could be genus Sauromatum

Do you not have vegetative parts also for proper id ?

Sorry sir I  have not vegetative part of this but it’s SAUROMATUM VENOSUM.. as I identified from other sources also … And it’s vegetative is like arsaemia ..cobra lily ..

Sauromatum venosum

SAUROMATUM VENOSUM as per another thread.
Araceae Arums : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)

Kalimpong, West Bengal
Kindly identify the species

Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth

Thanks, …, for the id.

Yes, appears close to images at Sauromatum venosum



SK967 07 FEB-2018 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 25 May 2017

Altitude: 4200 ft.

Pl. check

Or check Arisaema tortuosum

Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth !



Araceae for ID : Way to Nasik : 20JUN21 : AK-07: 3 images.
Seen while travelling to Nasik in the ghats, near the town of Kasara.

Might be Arisaema tortuosum

Thanks for the suggested id.
Leaves look different to me.
Can we check with Typhonium?
Typhonium venosum?

I think Sauromatum venosum.

Thanks … for supporting my suggested id. Shrikant Ingalhalikar Ji has validated the same. Typhonium venosum 

Need help with ID — Araceae?: 4 images.
Bhopal; black soil; 22/2/2023

Sauromatum venosum in bud (or what is left of the bud….)



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