Jack-in-the-Pulpit or Indian Turnip
Jack-in-the-Pulpit or Indian Turnip
Arisaema atrorubens
Arum Family - Araceae
Distinctive streaked green and purple flowerhead composed of a hooded bract (spathe or "pulpit"; end of the hood bends down in this species) enclosing the male and female flower covered spadix or "Jack". This structure grows below one or two long petioled leaves divided into 3 parts. Leaflets are a lighter green below. Fruit matures to crowded red berries on the spadix. Plants taller (18 to 24 inches) and leaves larger than the Small Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
(Photographed in moist woods - late May)
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