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The Living Forest (129) : Cuckoo Pint by Mark Billiau.

The Living Forest (129) : Cuckoo Pint


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30.09.2010 at 8:00h
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The Cuckoo Pint is a woodland plant that prefers to grow on calcareous soil in dark forest sites.
In autumn, it produces a cluster of orange berries grouped together at the top of a stem.
These attractive berries however are EXTREMELY poisonous !

Dutch name : Gevlekte Aronskelk
German name : Gefleckte Aronstab
Latin name : Arum maculatum

PS : The official English name is Cuckoo Pint (‘pint’ is an old English slang for ‘pintle’, meaning penis), but for one reason or another, there exists a lot of other names for this plant, like : Wild Arum, Lords and Ladies, Jack in the Pulpit, Devils and Angels, Cows and Bulls, Adam and Eve, Bobbins, Naked Boys, Starch-Root and Wake Robin.
What’s in a name…….


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Werner R. Albert, 30.09.2010 at 8:28h

A beautiful but dangerous plant.
Fine capture and interesting explanation.
Thank you Mark.
best wishes

Christine Ge., 30.09.2010 at 8:32h

Das kräftige Orangerot des Blütenstands kommt vor dem dunklen Hintergrund strahlend schön zur Wirkung. Eine feine Aufnahme!
Gruß Tina

Sylvia Schulz, 30.09.2010 at 8:44h

Diese Art Aronstab habe ich noch nie gesehen, sieht großartig aus und fotografiert auch wieder top
es grüßt Sylvia

Canan Oner, 30.09.2010 at 9:43h

Looks so cute, showing up in the darknes of the forest and saying "coucou" ."here I am" :-))
Stunning light Mark..

s. sabine krause, 30.09.2010 at 10:05h

what an amazing range of names and expressions! the people of ancient times must have been fascinated with it, which often seems to be the case with dangerous and poisonous species! finding the perfect name might have been considered a perfect way of "controlling their recklessness", or ripping them of their magic vice by taming them and making them "known" – a little like in that fairy-tale, "rumpelstiltskin", where the evil dwarf is finally found out and called by his name – and what follows is complete annihilation! a beautiful shot, as always, mark! the bright orange berries look treacherously tasty and edible – and a little phallic, too ; ))… lg, sabine.

vjdj, 30.09.2010 at 10:16h

A good picture with wonderful light!!! Greetings, vj

Ushie Farkas, 30.09.2010 at 12:10h

ein TRAUM BILD, Mark!!! Gruß Ushie

Vera Shulga, 30.09.2010 at 16:36h

Beautiful presentation this poisonous plant! very nice photo with beautiful light and colors!

Bergjäger, 30.09.2010 at 17:11h

Wunderschön in dieser fantastischen Beleuchtung!!!
LG Bergjäger

JVision, 30.09.2010 at 18:08h

They look really pretty from form and the brilliant colors. Excellent focus and composition !!

Gruber Fred, 30.09.2010 at 18:14h

Ein Licht wie im Märchenwald.Die Schärfe ist wieder bestens.Gute Arbeit Mark.
LG Fred

Angelika Ritter, 30.09.2010 at 18:34h

very fine capture
lg angie

Leo_nid, 30.09.2010 at 19:34h

we ate them as kids and became very sick..
they look so edible
perfectly presented

Adele Oliver, 30.09.2010 at 20:10h

Such an attractive plant - and so beautifully photographed glowing red in the dark green leaves. I have seen it often but don't know a single one of those names for it (Jack in the Pulpit we use for a different plant).
greetings, Adele

Heinz Janovsky, 30.09.2010 at 21:25h

Sehr schöne orange-grün Farbkomposition.
Gruß Heinz

Anca Silvia B., 30.09.2010 at 21:30h

sehr fotogen,schöne Farben,Mark..LG Anca

TeresaM, 30.09.2010 at 23:44h

SPLENDIDE mise en lumière !!!
Bravo Mark pour cette très belle photo.

Vitória Castelo Santos, 1.10.2010 at 0:10h

Sehr schön diese Aufnahme gefällt mir.
LG vitoria

carinart, 1.10.2010 at 8:10h

Ich mag besonders die Beleuchtung und die Farbkontraste in diesem Bild! Sehr schön gemacht!
L.G. Karin

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