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Set B6 - Wild Flowers Series 2 - card information

16. Wild Arum
(Arum maculatum L.)

16. Wild Arum

Sometimes called Lords and Ladies, and Cuckoo Pint. The glossy green leaves appear early in the Spring under trees and shady hedges; later, in April, the flower stalk appears bearing a large rolled up bract which subsequently uncurls to disclose a purple column. This uncurled bract is not the flower, several of which are enclosed in the throat of the bract and cannot be seen. Pollination is effected by flies, which become imprisoned in the throat until fertilisation is completed.