(Indian Turnip)

By William T. Hathaway

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

The Jack-in-the-Pulpit is also known as the Indian Turnip. To the delight of most beginning hikers this wildflower invokes an expression of wonderment; to discover the seeds that are brilliant red is more of a rare treat.

There is no doubt that my picture well represents the fruiting stage of the Jack-in-the-pulpit. In contrast, the orange seeds of the closely related Green Dragon are not likely confused with the seeds of this Indian Turnip.

(See also further information about the Jack-in-the-Pulpit.)