Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum
Jack-in-the-Pulpit, photo by Tom Palmer
Purple splotched spathe. Photo by Tom Palmer
Arisaema triphyllum was once divided into two species (A. triphyllum and A. acuminatum) based on morphological differences described by Small and others. It was originally described as Arum triphyllum in 1753. Another common name is Indian turnip. The plant can be eaten as a root vegetable if it is dried and cooked. Eating the root raw can cause a “violent burning sensation,” according to Small. Other reports say eating the corm (fleshy taproots) raw can be fatal. Native Americans reportedly used the plant for medicinal purposes to treat rheumatism, bronchitis and snakebites.
|Jack-in-the-Pulpit, photo by Tom Palmer|
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