After 84 years, cobra lily blooms again

  • ‘Critically endangered’ endemic plant species recently rediscovered in the Nilgiris.
  • The incredibly rare Arisaematranslucens, more commonly remembered as the cobra lily, was recently rediscover-ed in the western Nilgiris after 84 years.
  • Barely a few hundred cobra lily plants are left in the wild and they can be found only in a small area measuring less than 10 square kilometres in the Nilgiris.
  • The Toda tribals of the Nilgiris, who know the planet well, have an embroidery motif known as the ‘podwarshk’, which resembles it.
  • Of the handful cobra lily species found in the Nilgiris, only two are endemic.

Source: The Hindu

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