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Lords and Ladies / Cuckoo pint (Arum maculatum)


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A plant which, in the middle ages, was connected with lovers. The flowers are contained in a broad hood like stucture called a spathe, inside a club like sadix which gives of an odour of decay attracting insects, which then become trapped. The plant flowers April-May and the fruits develop in August. The red berries are extremely poisonous and can be fatal if eaten by children. A common plant of woods and hedgerows. These plants were pictured at the Old Warden railway cutting mid August 2005.

29th Aug 2005 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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