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Arisaema serratum (japonicum)Family: Araceae
English: Jack-in-the-Pulpit sp.
Japanese: マムシグサ (mamushi-gusa)
This Arisaema is always a favorite. It is conspicious just about anywhere outside of town from spring through autumn. The Japanese name refers to the pattern on the stalk, which resembles the pattern on the back of one of two poisonous snake species in Yakushima, the mamushi. The berries turn bright red and although I've read that some parts of the plant are used in Chinese medicine, it's quite poisonous. For more about this sex-changing bug-sacrificing species, see my blog.