Family, Arum. Color, green. Leaves, generally 2, on long petioles, divided above into 3 ovate, pointed, stort-stalked, wavy-margined leaflets. April to June.

The first name is derived from the bulbous root, which is like a miniature turnip. Boiled, this root is rendered edible. The plant is more generally known as a "Jack-in-the-pulpit," the Jack being a spadix bearing stamens and pistils, without perianth, covered by a single folding leaf - a spatlic which overtops the flower with a graceful curve, like the roofed pulpits of some cathedrals. Our Jack is a welcome preacher, and his text is, "Lo! the winter is past; the flowers appear on the earth." He stands with his fellows in sentinel-like rows along the edges of deep woods or in the lighter-leaved forests. Often the overlapping spathe is prettily striped with purple and white. The fruit is a gay cluster of scarlet berries, ripe in June or July.