Spider-in-the-Pulpit

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!

Mayapple Polka-Dots

In particularly wet, shady areas of the forest, some of our mayapples have been developing a case of yellow spots.

Is it a disease?  A sign of stress, from getting too much water or not enough sunlight?  After doing some digging online, it looks like this may be a mild case of a fungus called mayapple rust.  Here’s the spots as seen from beneath.

In other news, check out what the jack-in-the-pulpits look like now that they’re done blooming!