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Jack in the Pulpit - Arisaema triphyllum
Many Native tribes used it for medicine in different ways. "The Fox tribe used the seed of Jack-in-the-pulpit to mystically predict whether a patient would recover or die." Pizzo & Associates, Ltd.
Eastern Native Americans ate the tuber, or corm as it is called. It must be boiled first to remove the calcium oxalate crystals which will cause burning if eaten raw. One of the plants nicknames is Indian Turnip. Wild Flowers and Plants of North Carolina
They used the corm to make a medicine to treat stomach gas, asthma and rheumatism.
"Each plant has one flower that rises between two leaves, each with three pointed oval leaflets." Ryerson Woods Spring Wildflowers
Caution: The plant parts can cause skin blistering.
The flower produces a cluster of red berries, which may
be food, for wild Turkeys, Ring-necked Pheasant, and Wood Thrushes. Laurentian
Berry stalk of Jack in the Pulpit
Jack in the Pulpit
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