Arisaema sikokianum

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Arisaema sikokianum
Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit Arisaema sikokianum 2000px.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Aroideae
Tribe: Arisaemateae
Genus: Arisaema
Species: A. sikokianum
Binomial name
Arisaema sikokianum
Fr. et Sav.

Arisaema sikokianum (Japanese Jack-in-the-Pulpit) is a herbaceous perennial plant. An unusual woodland plant noted for its unmistakable smoky-purple base, snow-white cup and large hood with purple, green and white stripes. Found only in moist, shaded areas on the Island of Shikoku in Japan.[1] It is distantly related to Arisaema triphyllum which is common to eastern United States.[2] In home gardens, it is a springtime planting and is often placed with shade-loving hostas and Bleeding hearts.[3]

The plant is known to have existed and been admired in eighteenth century Japan.[4] It may also cause contact irritation but is of little toxicologic importance.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist of Selecte Plant Families
  2. ^ a b "Poisonous Plants of Pennsylvania". University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Jack in the Pulpit". Dutch Gardens. Archived from the original on December 3, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  4. ^ "Ryotai Kanyosai". Retrieved 2009-04-17.