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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