Jack-in-the-Pulpit

On my way out of the woods, after lying on my belly attempting some shots of little Jack-in-the-Pulpits – 6 or 8 inches tall, I found the biggest Jack-in-the-Pulpit I’ve ever seen.

Large Jack-in-the-Pulpit

According to one account, Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), also known as Indian Turnip, can grow to 25 inches (65 cm) in height. This fine specimen was definitely at least that tall!

Jack-in-the-Pulpit photographed using my elbow tripod while lying on my belly.No part of this plant can be eaten raw for the calcium oxalate will cause a burning sensation in your mouth.  With proper preparation, though, parts of it can be edible and there is a long list of medical uses.

My daughter is fond of pretending that the spadex is really a microphone, placed in this ingenious hiding place by fairies who are attempting to eavesdrop on human conversations.

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3 thoughts on “Jack-in-the-Pulpit

  1. oh, I do like that idea. Since I was a child, I have had a recurring dream of fairies living amongst jack in the pulpits and teaching me how to get tiny and join them. The jack in the pulpits do lend themselves to imaginative thoughts.

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