This species of the Asian mayapple boasts large, lobed, umbrella-shaped, glossy green leaves that emerge with beautiful burgundy mottling like a closed umbrella pushing out of the soil. The flowers are pale pink and produce bulbous red orange fruits. Synonym: P. emodi. Mayapples are herbaceous members of the Barberry family that brings us Berberis and Mahonia.
Scrub forests and alpine meadows, usually in humus rich soils, 2000 - 3500 metres in the Himalayas. Very abundant in fir forests in Kashmir.