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Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 May 2016 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"). Here, I have lifted the hood to stand up and reveal eye-catching markings and the spadix. Normally, the hood lays down over the spadix.

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 club-like spadix. After the flower fades, a cluster of bright red berries appears and lasts for much of the summer. The leaves fade away in mid-summer if the plant is not watered regularly but grow back in spring from an underground tuber.

Photo captured May 16, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/125 second F/8.0 ISO 400 99 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Amzing flower. Beautifully captured.:-)

24 May 2016 5:16am

Martine from France

Jolie fleur avec des couleurs originales.

24 May 2016 5:19am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle plante quel finesse et lignée vers le haut superbe.

24 May 2016 5:27am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Une couleur magnifique

24 May 2016 5:35am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très belle feuilles panachées D,'ou va sortir une belle fleur rouge je crois. )

24 May 2016 5:43am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle photo

24 May 2016 7:51am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

The colors are full of life.

24 May 2016 7:58am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

You got the depth of field just perfect here. Excellent plant shot

24 May 2016 9:19am

Ehsan from Kermanshah, Iran

well done

24 May 2016 9:23am

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

That is lovely detail and color.

24 May 2016 12:08pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

It has very nice color

24 May 2016 12:10pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful framing and wonderful colors !

24 May 2016 1:51pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


24 May 2016 1:57pm

Remus from Portugal

Great detail and color.
Technically impeccable photo.

24 May 2016 2:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of one to go with the detailed description.

24 May 2016 2:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful shot. I always thought that name was so funny for a plant.

24 May 2016 3:32pm

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

Wow !! I've never seen one of these! is a splendid flower. Thanks

24 May 2016 4:17pm

ruthiebear from Titusville, United States

I love your clarity and focus

24 May 2016 4:38pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Very beautiful!

24 May 2016 5:58pm

Adela Fonts from BarcelonaGreat shot!, Spain

Great shot!

24 May 2016 7:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Such a handsome plant. I've heard of these but never seen one. An excellent image.

24 May 2016 7:47pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing flower!!
Excellent composition and colours!

24 May 2016 8:09pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

superb with this light!

24 May 2016 8:12pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

nice plant illustration. Good color and detail.

24 May 2016 11:55pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beauty.

25 May 2016 3:24am

MEC from Setúbal, Portugal

Wonderful flower!!!

25 May 2016 10:28am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


25 May 2016 1:52pm