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Monday - June 27, 2011

From: Brevard, NC
Region: Southeast
Topic: Plant Identification
Title: Plant identification
Answered by: Nan Hampton and Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

I have a plant my Dad had found years ago. Last of April a stem with bulb shaped bottom. May 6-stem opened and folded back exposing spotted inside of leaf. Bottom had yellow pollen? and green stem 2+ feet. Died completely down by May 30 with 2 in. stem beside it. By June 8-3 spotted stems,1 plant 24 in. Leaves are in horseshoe shape on top of stem with 9 leaves and large one. 11 leaves in graduated sizes to the middle. Plant will get taller.

ANSWER:

This sounds like Arisaema dracontium (Green dragon).  Here are more photos and information

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Green dragon
Arisaema dracontium

Green dragon
Arisaema dracontium

Green dragon
Arisaema dracontium

Green dragon
Arisaema dracontium

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