Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

Arisaema triphyllum
Family: Arum

  •  “Jack” is the spadix and the spathe is the “pulpit”
  • height: 1′-3′
  • Spathe: maroon/purple bract  with green stripes, curves over the spadix (“jack”)
  • Spadix: maroon finger-like spike that bears small flowers that are 1/8″ wide
  • Leaves: divide into 3 leaflets
  • Berries: red, glossy, clustered, causes  irritation around the mouth  (don’t eat)
  • Roots: someone with sensitive skin may get blisters if they touch the roots
  • Blooms: (April) May-June (July)
  • Pollination: the smell of  stagnant pond within the “pulpit” attracts mosquitoes

Jack-in-the-pulpit jack in the pulpit flower jack-in-the-pulpit spadix jack-in-the-pulpit flower and leaves jack-in-the-pulpit flower

This Jack-in-the-Pulpit was photographed near Irasburg, VT in an open dry, previously swampy area surrounded by woods (spruce, fir, birch, aspen, maple forest).

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