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Jack in the Pulpit #1

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 7 July 2014 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Jack-in-the-pulpit is an intriguing wildflower native to eastern and midwestern North America, but is easily grown in shade gardens elsewhere. It gets its common name from its odd flower: a pouch-shaped spathe ("pulpit") with an overhanging hood that surrounds a fingerlike central spadix ("jack").

Jack-in-the-pulpit produces one to two 3-lobed leaves 12 to 18 inches high. The leaves appear in early spring as does the flower, which is composed of a green-and-purple striped spathe bent over at its tip to partly hide the green clublike spadix. After the flower fades, a cluster of bright red berries appears and lasts for much of the summer. The leaves fade away in midsummer if the plant is not watered regularly but grow back in spring from an underground tuber.

Tomorrow a photo with the Jack-in-the-pulpit's "overhanging hood" will be posted revealing its eye-catching underside and the spadix ("jack").

Photo captured May 29, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Certainly, is an intriguing flower.

7 Jul 2014 9:39am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Joli.... on dirait un arum ?... )

7 Jul 2014 12:07pm

@tataray: En effet! La photo de demain ressemblera plus à un arum.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting plant with an interesting name.

7 Jul 2014 2:35pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful compositin, focus, colors, lighting & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !

7 Jul 2014 3:11pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Très bel angle de prise de vue!

7 Jul 2014 3:57pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A lovely close up - love the shape

7 Jul 2014 6:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautifully focused image of the flower. It's a marvelous green.

7 Jul 2014 8:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

One of my favorite flowers! This is a lovely image and a great close up! Beautiful color and detail!

7 Jul 2014 11:49pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle plante quelle forme et iamge sueprbe.

8 Jul 2014 3:54am

Langevine from Angers, France


8 Jul 2014 12:13pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Excellent detail and POV.

8 Jul 2014 2:01pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Excellent closeup!

8 Jul 2014 7:33pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I love these ... haven't seen any in years!

14 Jul 2014 9:27pm