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Green Dragon


Scientific Name     

Arisaema dracontium  L. Schott

Family Name

Araceae (Arum family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

damp woods, low rich ground, streambanks

Plant Height:  

20-50 cm (taller at maturity); erect stem 

Flower Color:  

green 

Flower:  

incomplete; tiny, single, unisexual flowers on larger inflorescence (spadix) 

Inflorescence:  

solitary; arises from basal sheath; green spathe surrounds a spadix that tapers to a long slender point that extends 5-15 cm beyond spathe; plants can be either dioecious or monoecious 

Fruit:  

orange-red berries become visible after spathe withers 

Leaves:  

basal; entire; compound; divided into 5-15 leaflets 

Bloom Time:  

May-June 

Origins:  

native

Other:  

roots contain calcium oxalate crystals and are poisonous in an uncooked state; very similar to A. triphyllum, though less frequent