November 17, 2007
Thanks to ArkansasSongbird, the mystery of the “red thing” is solved! She promised to track it down and she did just that. “I believe what you photographed are the berries of a Jack-in-the-Pulpit, arisaema triphyllum.”
How about that?
We have one solitary Jack-in-the-Pulpit in our yard, but it doesn’t produce anything that looks like this! I think I found out why in reading this article. Plants are both male and female, and only the females produce berries. The object of my photograph appears to be the red fruit of what would be more appropriately called a Jill-in-the-Pulpit. In addition, only the mature plants bear fruit. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for our little Jack, years down the line. Thanks, Songbird!