The month of September has begun and the Cobra-lilies have started fruiting in the hillside of Landour, Mussoorie. The fruiting of the Cobra-lilies indicate culmination of rainy season and onset of the fall. This phenomenon is nature’s own way to signal changing season. The bright red coloured fruits can draw attention of anyone passing by. The whipcord cobra lily, Arisaema tortuosum, originates in the Himalayas. They have a distinctive purple or green whip-like projection that extends upright from the hood up to a foot in length.
The red colour of fruiting body resembles either danger or an alarm signal. The fruit bearing stalk can be upto 2 feet tall, and female plants can produce bright reddish-orange berries in late summer and early fall, extending the phenomena.
The month of August is over in the hillside and new month of September has already begun. Hillside of Landour, Mussoorie, experienced heavy monsoons this year alongwith landslides and heavy surface run-offs. I hope with the fruiting of Cobra-lilies, the hillside will now be able to enjoy brighter sun in the coming weeks.
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