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Jack in the Pulpit


Scientific Name     

Arisaema triphyllum L. Schott

Family Name

Araceae (Arum family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

open, moist to mesic (wet) woods

Plant Height:  

30-60 cm, erect stem

Flower Color:  

yellow to green, visible spathe usually green stripped with brown/red 

Flower:  

incomplete; small unisexual flowers at base of spadix; staminate and pistillate flowers often on separate plants 

Inflorescence:  

typically 3-4" tall; solitary spadix surrounded by spathe which is green or brownish colored often streaked or mottled 

Fruit:  

shiny, red clustered berries 

Leaves:  

entire; compound; three ovate leaflets on a basal stalk 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

Native Americans gathered fleshy corms for food, thought in the uncooked state, this plant can severely irritate the mouth; some authors separate into several species depending on size and region growing; similar to A. dracontium though more frequent