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Cobra Plant

Also known as cobra lily, the red-veined, yellowish green, hood like leaf has a purple spotted appendage resembling a snake’s tongue. The entire plant has the appearance of a striking cobra. Streams flowing through mountain meadows present an ideal habitat for this remarkable species of the pitcher plant family.

Found all over the Himalayas from Kashmir to Sikkim, this lily grows on moist open slopes between 2000 and 3400m.It flowers in June. The flowers are hermaphrodite and are pollinated by bees and flies. It is a greedy plant inhibiting the growth of nearby plants especially legumes.