I took the following photograph (copyright reserved) at Peermade, Kerala, earlier this month.
The plant which belongs to the banana (musa) family is locally known as malavazha, kalluvazha and kattuvazha. Common names also include Sabbajaya, Wild plantain and Indian bead. From what I have learned from an internet search, the botanical name is Ensete superba (Roxb) Cheesman. (Musa superba Roxb) The plant which grows to a height of about four meters is a native of the
Ends.Also see: Amorphophallus, a medicinal plant with unique flower