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Flower  Lords and Ladies

Lords and Ladies - Photo  Copyright 1999 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Need help identifying wild flowers? Checkout the ID chart called "Woodland Plants" in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Arum maculatum

Size: Grows to a height of around 40cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK except in the north of Scotland.

Flowering months: April and May.

Habitat: Woodlands and in the shade of hedgerows

Special features: In springtime they are one of the first plants to appear on the woodland floor. Sometimes the leaves have dark blotches.

Flower - Click for a closer viewIn April the flowers appear. Inside the ribbed hood there is a club shaped spadix.

The spadix is brown in colour and feels warm to the touch. It also gives off a scent to attract insects. When insects walk down the spadix they become trapped by some downward pointing hairs. This ensure the insects stay long enough to be covered in pollen.

Poisonous berries - Click for a closer viewIn August the poisonous berries appear. They are green at first and gradually ripen to bright orange.

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