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The Living Forest (129) : Cuckoo Pint

The Living Forest (129) : Cuckoo Pint

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Mark Billiau.


World Member, region Antwerp, Belgium

The Living Forest (129) : Cuckoo Pint

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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