by N Muthu Karthick (Id by Pascal Bruggeman) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details,
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Corm 1-6 cm across. Leaflets 7-12, 15-25 x 5-7 cm, lanceolate, apex acuminate; nerves many, close, parallel, forming an intramarginal vein, prominent, glabrous; petiole to 70 cm long, 1-3 cm thick, brownish. Peduncle thick, smaller than the petiole; spathe 10-22 cm long, tube 5-15 cm long, 1-3.5 cm broad, with thick greenish brown streaks; limb ovate, apex curved down, finely acuminate, green with brown streaks. Spadix 11-15 cm long, clavate at apex, female flowers many in lower 1-3 cm long; neuter flowers filiform, simple or bifurcate, to 1 cm long.     

Flowering and fruiting: July-September     
Margins of evergreen forests, sholas and grasslands
Southern Western Ghats


Arisaema for identification 260613MK02 : Attachments (4 + 3). 4 posts by 3 authors. 

Please help me to identify this Araceae member. This is commonly seen in the shades of wet forest fringes (roadsides and trails). I cannot take detailed photographs of flowers.
I observed the leaves to be of about 25 cm across.
The size of spathe ranges 15-20 cm (and spadix not more than 12 cm)
Leaves with radiate leaflets (uniformly spreading from centre)
Location: Kodanad, Nilgiris, TN
Alt.: 1995 m asl
Date: 20 June 2013

That is a form of the widespread and variable Arisaema leschenaultii.
It is distributed throughout the southern states (Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu) and Sri Lanka and the most common Arisaema in S India.
The form on the pictures is very close to the form of the holotype that was collected near Ooty.
Local name I think would be “kidaran”.

Many thanks for the id and input … I will ask for the local while I revisit the area again.

Adding pics of fruits taken at Kothagiri at altitude of 2000 m asl



ANJUN46/47 Arisaema sp. for identification : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Family: Araceae
Date: 21st June 2015
Place: Chikamagalur, Karnataka

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Fringes of shola forest

This could be Arisaema leshenaultii Blume
But I need a close up of the spadix to confirm the same.

Thank you very much …

If I happen to revisit the place, I will take a close up and post here.


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