Monday, June 11, 2007

Jack In The Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) can be found all around our stream:

Interesting design, don't you think? I absolutely love Jack in the Pulpit.

Here is an interesting fact about this little woodland wonder: “Calcium oxalate crystals present in the entire plant will cause a powerful burning sensation if eaten raw. Properly drying or cooking removes this effect and the Native Americans used the root as a vegetable. There is one account stating that the Meskwaki Indians would put finely chopped root into meat they would leave for their enemies to find, principally the Sioux. The meat was flavorful and would be consumed, but, in a few hours these enemies would be in so much pain they would die! It is reported that they also used it diagnostically by dropping a seed in a cup of water and if the seed went around four times clockwise the patient would recover and if less the patient would die.” [

Here is someone else who is pretty fond of our little stream:

My very own little water bug (and photography assistant)! What a ham! :)

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