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Vick, Albert F. W.
Arisaema dracontium (L.) Schott
Green dragon, Dragonroot, Greendragon
Synonym(s): Muricauda dracontium
USDA Symbol: ARDR3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Green Dragon has only 1 leaf; however, the leaf stem forks so that there appear to be 2 separate leaves, each divided into 5Ė15 unequal leaflets which are arranged palmately (like the upturned palm of oneís hand) on the tip of the forked stem, which is sometimes 20 inches long. A separate flower stalk hold the perennialís unique blossom. 1 greenish, long-tipped spadix (the dragonís tongue) protruding several inches beyond a narrow green spathe. It is a narrow, greenish, hooded, cylinder with a long, upward-pointing tongue. There are numerous tiny flowers crowded onto the 6-inch-long flower stem, the lower part of which is enclosed within the leaf stem. The white flowers are very small, with no petals or sepals. Orange-red berries follow.
The long tapered tip of the spadix resembles a large flickering lizards tongue. (Lamb/Rhynard) Green Dragon is considered relatively rare.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Green, Red, Orange Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
, WV Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
Ontario and Quebec south through New Hampshire to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Nebraska and Minnesota. Also in eastern Mexico from Nuevo Leon to Veracruz. Native Habitat:
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Rich, slightly acid, soil.
Conditions Comments: Greendragon was once a medicinal and ritual plant of the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin. The root was used in sacred bundles to encourage second sight in dreams. The calcium oxalate raphides in its tissues disrupt cells and cause an extreme burning sensation.
Birds and mammals eat the berries. Use Food:
The swollen, underground stem
of this plant, like that of its relative Jack-in-the-pulpit (A. triphyllum), can cause severe burning and irritation in the mouth if ingested uncooked. Warning:
POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Symptoms include irritation and swelling of lips, tongue, and throat. Toxic Principle - Calcium oxalate crystals and other toxins. Conspicuous Flowers:
Propagate by tuber division or seed. Divide tubers when the plant dies down in late summer. Seeds may be sown outside in late fall, 3/4 inch deep, or the following spring with or without cold treatment. Seeds should not be allowed to dry out. This species will not flower
until the second or third year after germination. Seed Collection:
Collect fruits in fall (mid-August to early September) when the berries are red and remove the small brown seed from the pulp. Wear gloves as berry
juice may irritate skin. Seed Treatment:
Stratify stored seeds by placing them in moist sphagmun moss and refrigerating 60 days before planting. Commercially Avail:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Plant identification, green and tube-like
September 18, 2008
LOOKING FOR NAME OF A GREEN TUBE-LIKE PLANT (SHAPED LIKE A CALLA LILY). THE VEINS ARE VISIBLE. MAYBE IN CLUSTER
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2013-09-09
Research By: NPC