Jack-in-the-Pulpit from Mike in SC

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I found this plant in a semi wetland area that tends to dry out after periods of no rainfall. It is growing in deep shade. I only found two of the plants and it appears to be some sort of pitcher plant. Long stems with three leaves at the top of the stem, with a side stem growing from the main stem with a covered pitcher type leaf. In the first picture you can see the covered leaf in the center of the picture as well as another in the upper right hand corner. The second picture shows the underside of the hood with my hand as a size reference. I would love to know what this plant is.

Hi Mike,

your plant is a nice Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum. It has an unusual cluster of tiny flowers enclosed in a protective bract that looks like a pitcher, but the pitcher is open along its side. It grows from a bulb-like corm underground.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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