Orange berries of wild Arum maculatum - Stock Image

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Description
Wild arum (Arum maculatum) is a common woodland plant, often picked out from darkness by single shafts of sunlight. Other names for wild arum in the UK are Lords and Ladies, Jack in the pulpit, cuckoo-pint, cuckoo flower and starchwort; while in America names such as wake Robin, dragon root and wild turnip are used.

In John Gerard's Herball (1597), he writes: 'The most pure and white starch is made of the rootes of the Cuckoo-pint, but most hurtful for the hands of the laundresse that have the handling of it, for it chappeth, blistereth, and maketh the hands rough and rugged and withall smarting.' Wild arum is at its most poisonous at the time of the cuckoo, in early spring. Shown here are the poisonous orange berries, in late summer.

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