Brown Dragon, Indian Turnip, Devil's-ear, Swamp turnip, Bog onion, Wake Robin, Lords-and-ladies. These are just some of the appellations that have adorned the plant which we now simply call, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum."The mind is everything. What you think you become." - Buddha
|Jack-in-the-Pulpit. Arisaema triphyllum. Nehantic State Forest, Lyme, CT.|
The classic structure is formed by a "spathe" enclosing a "spadix." A spathe is simply a modified leaf, or bract. A spadix is a spike infloresence, and an infloresence is simply a group of flowers arranged on a stem. The spadix has both male and females flowers. Jack-in-the-Pulpits are variable, and the specimen I photographed below is handsomely patterned.
|Here a stick is used to genlty lift the spathe up to expose the spadex and the plant's colorful pattern.|
|A closer view of the "Brown Dragon"|