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Jack in the Pulpit #2

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 8 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.

Here the overhanging hood is lifted in an upright position to reveal the spadix.

Photo captured May 29, 2014.

NIKON D7000 1/100 second F/5.6 ISO 400 78 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle fleur et vue quelle finesse et texture et cette forme.

8 Jul 2014 6:40am

yo from Ile de France, France

Une fleur très originale ! Très belle photo !

8 Jul 2014 7:28am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful sharp focus and interesting information.

8 Jul 2014 12:16pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

What a gorgeous plant!

8 Jul 2014 2:01pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine close up of this unusual, but very attractive wild flower. The arrangement of the shroud and spadix is excellent.

8 Jul 2014 2:58pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

excellent shot

8 Jul 2014 3:28pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States


8 Jul 2014 4:19pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful light and color - lovely image

8 Jul 2014 5:04pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Excellent set up and focus.

8 Jul 2014 5:46pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful focus, details, colors, lighting & bokeh!
Amazing !!!!

8 Jul 2014 7:09pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Gorgeous and unique flower along with it's colors!

8 Jul 2014 7:32pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very beautiful image of the flower. Interesting explanation, thanks.

8 Jul 2014 7:33pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot ! Beautiful and delicate.

8 Jul 2014 11:11pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow, that's quite beautiful! I wouldn't have guessed the markings are so nice.

8 Jul 2014 11:15pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A gorgeous image! Beautiful color and detail! Jack is at his best here!

9 Jul 2014 1:00am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beauty. It almost looks like it made from glass.

9 Jul 2014 3:28am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Great shapes, perhaps a little blown out in the base of the bloom.

9 Jul 2014 4:20am

Langevine from Angers, France

superbe ce bleu

9 Jul 2014 12:36pm

Malaura from France

Cette photo est vraiment magnifique ! Amicalement :)

1 Aug 2014 3:28pm