In the Fern Hills of Ooty, along the rain-blasted roads, down the dirt path, at the home he “bought justbefore the real estate boom took off”, to the right of the house, Dr Tarun Chhabra crouches near a pot. He shoves the weed grass aside and gently touches the inflorescence. The spathe-spadix resembles the hood of a cobra. Open the spathe—the male and female flowers are blooming. The flower blooming is Arisaema translucence. Commonly known as Cobra Lily, the genus