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Lords and Ladies by Andy

Wild Arum, Lords and Ladies (Arum Maculatum)

Also known as Cuckoo Pint, which is a very common flower found throughout the UK. Growing on moist humus rich acid soils from April to May in shaded woodlands and hedgerows. it is very distinctive with its pale green hood which surrounds the male and female part of the flower. Arum flowers emit an odour which attracts insects, which are then trapped after entering by a ring of bristles. Insects can only escape after the spathe of the flower has withered. The insects covered in pollen then go in search of another flower to feed and pollinate. The spadix eventually creates a stalk of green berries which turn bright red which are very poisonous.

Lords and Ladies-Berries