These pictures were taken at
Presquile Provincial Park in very early May. The flaplike spathe (hooded
floral leaf) is green when young, later changing to a purplish brown. It
is often striped and curves over the club shaped spadix (the Jack in his
pulpit). They are mostly found in low open woods or swampy areas in early
Jacks are best found in bogs or bog-like areas where the soil is rich in decomposing vegetation and water content is high. This flower is a member of the arum family and blooms from April to June depending on location.
Below, a Jack-in-the-Pulpit in
early fall. Note the case of green seeds in the centre of the plant. These
will eventually turn bright red.
Many plants naturally select to have their seeds turn red thus ensuring that they will be highly visible to animals and birds who will disperse the seeds to other locations once they eliminate them after eating.
Below, mature seed pod of a Jack-In-the-Pulpit.Photo credit: Louis Brandy - Welland
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