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Sauromatum venosum (Ait.) Schott, Prodr. Aroid. 71. 1860. Bailey, l. c.

Vern.: ‘Samp-ki-butti’.

  • Arum guttatum Wall.
  • Arum pedatum Willd.
  • Arum sessiliflorum Roxb.
  • Arum venosum Ait.
  • Sauromatum guttatum Schott
  • Sauromatum pedatum (Willd.) Schott

    Plants monoecious. Corm up to 13 cm broad, globose-depressed. Petiole mottled black, 30-45 cm long. Leaf pedate, 7-11 lobed; lobes elliptic-lanceolate, 6-23 x 1.4-7 cm. Spathe 32-44 cm long, tube ovoid, margins connate, much shorter than the limb, greenish, mottled purplish-black inside. Peduncle 1.5-3.5 cm long. Spadix shorter than the spathe, appendage pale green, stout, 14-18 (-21) cm long, obtuse. Male zone 1-13 cm long. Neuter zone 1-1.2 cm long; neuter organs clavate, 4-5 mm long, yellow. Female zone 1.5-2 cm long. Ovary obovoid. Stigma sessile. Berries red. Seed ± ovoid, c. 1.8 mm broad.

    Fl.Per.: April-May.

    Type: Described from material cultivated at Kew?.

    Distribution: India and Pakistan.

    Common from 900-2300 m in sunny places or as an undergrowth. Especially abundant in parts of Azad Kashmir (Chikar and Binjosa). The leaf stalks are mottled, suggesting a snake. The leaves appear after flowering; the flowers are evil smelling.


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