Finally found some Jack-in-the-Pulpits over the weekend and had fun snapping some photos of them. I didn’t realize until I got home and pulled the photos up on my computer, though, that this particular Jack-in-the-Pulpit had an inhabitant.
See the spider lurking under the lip? Clever girl! For those not familiar with them, Jack-in-the-Pulpits (Arisaema triphyllum) are very cool flowers, consisting of a spadix (a sort of spike-shaped inflorescence of flowers) covered by a modified hood-shaped leaf called a spathe. The name comes from the idea that it looks a little like a preacher in a pulpit. Here’s a slightly different angle (this one’s spiderless):
I really like the purple veining in the ones here. Back in Ohio all the Jack-in-the-Pulpits I remember seeing were solid green!