The Black lily is an ornamental species of flowering plant found in the Western Ghats of India. It grows a cluster of beautiful blossoms from a taller, leafless flower stalk and are surrounded by broad bracts. The underground stem tubers of the plant are rich in starch.
In ancient times, these tubers were commonly used as food for sailors and fishermen because they could eaten fresh as well as easily stored for a long periods without danger of rotting. In Kerala, it is commonly grown in high range areas as an ornamental plant and also can be found in spice gardens.