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Lords and Ladies or Cuckoo Pint (Arum maculatum)


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The Cuckoo Pint is now flowering widely. It is 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 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 6th May 2006 at Felmersham, Bedfordshire

7th May 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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