Nature Picture Challenge 3/7: Jack-in-the-Pulpit

© Copyright 2016, Mary K. Hanson. All rights reserved.
© Copyright 2016, Mary K. Hanson. All rights reserved.

Nature picture challenge: 3/7 post a photo every day for one week, and invite a new person each day. This is the inner workings of a large Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower. At the base of the long dark purple spadex you can see “hairy”-like things and then a rounded bulge below that. The hairs are a natural “insect trap” that hold small insects down in the gullet of the flower to assist in pollination; and below the hairs are the “male” part of the flower. Deeper down in the flower is the female part of the flower that, when fertilized, grow into seeds. After the hood of the Jack-in-the-Pulpit flower dies off, the female part is exposed — and goes to seed. The seeds start off green and then turn scarlet. Cool. huh?  Today I will challenge and choose Natalie Carrier.