Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Lords and Ladies

Lords and Ladies (Arum maculatum) are supposed to have a flower coming off the stem but i have never actually seen one. Every one i have seen have looked like the pictures here. I am sure they do actually exist and i have just never seen it. Other than that, i can't really find anything else interesting about this plant other than its physiology. Lords and Ladies can cause allergic reactions and small rodents tend to find it's spadix (this is the flower, wow i have learnt something today) very attractive.
It's a common woodland plant and are found in abundant numbers. Without the flower they just look like weeds. So if you are not so hot on your plant ident and you are walking through a woodland you are excused from walking right past it. There is another specie of Lords and Ladies, which is of the Italian Lords and Ladies. The difference being, on the Italian variety there are gray splashed on the leaves.
Lords and Ladies seem to have many different local/wild names. Wild arum, Lords and Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit, Devils and Angels, Cows and Bulls, Cuckoo-Pint, Adam and Eve, Bobbins, Naked Boys, Starch-Root and Wake Robin.
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