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Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)    
Family: Araceae      
                   
  Jack in the Pulpit  

Location: Found in rich damp woodlands, swamps and bogs. Requires moist, humus-rich soil.

Characteristics:

  • Flowering perennial herb
  • Height: Up to 1 m (3 ft)
  • Flowers April-June

Uses:

  • Roots used externally for skin infections, pain, swelling
 
 

 

Leaves:

  • Basal leaves only
  • 3 leaves each on 2 stalks

 

 

         
       
         

 

Flowering structure:

  • Irregularly shaped, up to 8 cm (3 in) long
  • Spathe (pulpit) usually green with purple/brown stripes
  • Spadix (jack) covered with tiny female and male flowers

Fruiting structure:

  • Found in the pulpit stalk
  • Cluster of bright red berries

 

 
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