Amorphophallus variabilis is a species of flowering plant in the Araceae family. It is commonly known as the “snake palm” or “tiger palm” due to its distinctive patterned stem. It is native to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia, where it grows in tropical rainforests.
This plant is known for its large, striking inflorescence, which can reach up to 2 meters in height. The inflorescence consists of a spadix (a type of spike) surrounded by a large, leaf-like spathe. The spadix is covered in small flowers that emit a strong odor, which is often described as being similar to that of rotting meat. This odor is used to attract pollinators, such as flies and beetles.
Amorphophallus variabilis is also known for its edible corms, which are rich in starch and used in traditional Indonesian cuisine. However, they must be properly prepared to remove the toxins that naturally occur in the plant. Additionally, the plant has been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including skin conditions and respiratory infections.
Amorphophallus variabilis is a species of flowering plant in the family Araceae, native to Southeast Asia. It is commonly known as the konjac lily or voodoo lily. The plant grows from a corm and produces a single large leaf that can reach up to 2 meters in height. The inflorescence, which emerges from the ground, consists of a spathe (a large, showy bract) surrounding a spadix (a tall, fleshy spike). The flowers are located on the lower part of the spadix and are small and inconspicuous. The plant is grown as an ornamental in many parts of the world, and the corm is also used as a source of a starchy flour, called konjac flour, that is used in food products and dietary supplements.