Sauromatum venosum (voodoo lily)
Sauromatum venosum (voodoo lily) (Photo: Cillas licensed under CC by 2.0).
Sauromatum venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Kunth
voodoo lily, monarch-of-the-east, red calla
Least Concern (LC) according to IUCN Red List criteria.
Primary evergreen forests, meadows by rivers, secondary thickets and along the sides of paths.
Intense irritation can be experienced when handling or consuming raw plant material of many members of Araceae (aroid plant family).
About this species
Native to upland areas of Africa and Asia, voodoo lily has flowers that emit a foul smell resembling rotting meat. This odour attracts insect pollinators such as flies. Despite its putrid smell, voodoo lily is popularly cultivated as an ornamental. Its popularity is due in part to it being one of the easiest aroids to propagate and one of the hardest to kill.
Arisaema venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Blume, Arum venosum Dryand. ex Aiton, Desmesia venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Raf., Sauromatum guttatum var. venosum (Dryand. ex Aiton) Engl., Typhonium venosum (Dryand.