This is one of the strangest and most spectacular species of all arisaemas. Its bizarrely shaped spathe and reptilian hood-like spathe-limb do indeed suggest the name cobra lily. The spathe is deep burgundy with fine greenish-yellow markings. An 18 inch long burgundy appendage on the end of the spadix dangles like a thin twisted and kinked thread. The coarse-textured leaves are trifoliate with purple blotches. Native to Nepal, India and Bhutan.
Rhododendron forests, open scrub, and alpine meadows, 2400-3900m.