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Arisaema atrorubens

Jack in the Pulpit

Family Araceae


Use
Chips, Flour. The thinly sliced corms thoroughly dried, can be eaten like potato chips or ground into flour. Warning: do not consume the corms raw. They contain Calcium oxalate.




Description

Growth Form: Small herbaceous plant 1-3 ft in size. One stalk with spadix at end, leaves and fruit in the middle. Walnut-sized corm.

Leaves: 1-2 on stalk. 3-part leaves. Large, succulent.

 


Jack in the Pulpit (Emily Silver,Cummington MA)
Leaves


Jack in the Pulpit (Emily Silver, Cummington MA)Fruit



Fruits:
A cluster of bright red berries.

Flower: Club shaped spadix with a purplish brown spathe.


Habitat and Range

Areas with rich soil such as woods, thickets, and swamps. Canada to Kansas and Tennesee.

Season

Fall to early Spring.


Jack in the Pulpit (Emily Silver, Cummington MA)
Fruit


Photo courtesy of Dan L. Perlman/ecolibrary.org
Flower, Photo by (C) Dan L. Perlman (ecolibrary.org)





Fun Facts

The spadix is covered with tiny male and female flowers.



 

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