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Lords and ladies or Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum)

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This plant in the middle ages was connected with lovers. The flowers are contained in a broad, hood like structure called a spathe, inside a club like sadix which gives off 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. Picture taken 29th April 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire

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1st May 2006 by Diane Earl

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Biology, Science

Key Stages:
Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

Keywords:
plant flower poisonous nature wildlife insect biology

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