Araceae - arum family
Species that grow without cultivation on Mount Desert Island

compiled by the
Champlain Project - P. O. Box 55 - Bass Harbor, Maine  04653

(updated 8 August 2018)

Araceae - arum family
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Mount Desert Island is home to 3 species in 3 genera that grow without cultivation. Click on a link below or scroll down for more information.
   Arisaema (1 species)
      Arisaema triphyllum - Jack-in-the-pulpit (uncommon1)
   Calla (1 species)
      Calla palustris - wild calla (uncommon)
   Symplocarpus (1 species)
      Symplocarpus foetidus - skunk-cabbage (uncommon)

leaf type leaf and flower timing spadix color fruit color
Arisaema compound flower at same time as leaves purple and green stripes red
Calla simple flower at same time as leaves white red
Symplocarpus simple flower precedes leaves red, sometimes with light markings concealed

Arisaema (Jack-in-the-pulpit)
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Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit) - [information to be added]

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Calla (calla)
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Calla palustris (wild calla) - [information to be added]

Symplocarpus (skunk-cabbage)
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Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk-cabbage) - From left to right below is the order in which this plant appears during the year. The spathe with the enclosed spadix of flowers is sometimes seen sticking up through the snow. While the spathe is withering, the leaves are emerging. Finally only the leaves are present.
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   1. This frequency designation is from the paper “Vascular flora of the Acadia National Park region, Maine” by Craig W. Greene, Linda L. Gregory, Glen H. Mittelhauser, Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Weber, published in the spring 2005 issue (vol. 107, No. 930) of Rhodora: Journal of the New England Botanical Club.