Arisaema Triphullum

Jack-in-the-Pulpit emerging from the woodland floor.  The flower will develop covered by the “hood”.  The leaves (three of them) are just starting to deploy and are not yet unraveled have a deep vibrant green color that will lighten as the plant matures.  This is a spring time favorite of mine that I look for this time of year in the woodland preserves of southeast Pennsylvania.   The plant contains oxalic acid which is poisonous if eaten.  However, the roots, if properly prepared, can be eaten as a root vegetable.  Hence, the name Indian Turnip is sometimes used.  This flower is native to North America,

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