Jack in the pulpit, possible trilliums?

dekeoboe(7B NC)May 14, 2014

cross-posted to Woodlands forum

We came across a number of Jack in the pulpits, but not all of them have solid leaves. Is it possible some are trilliums?

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I am not sure about the others but the third picture from the top, the one with the rocks, is a picture of Virginia Creeper. I have encouraged it on my lot, It is a nice non invasive plant. This is a native plant to the eastern part of the US.

Caution: Virginia Creeper is frequently confused with (Poison Ivy. Which I believe is the three leaf plants in the same picture and in the fourth picture. You want to avoid Poison Ivy. The good thing while you can get it on ALL parts of your body you can't get it on your eyeballs.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 7:56AM
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Correcto on the Virginia creeper. It is vigorous, but that never bothered me. It is, of course, native to a wide area of the US.

The other one is not poison ivy, so far as I can tell. In that plant, short petioles should be visible. These leaves erupt directly from the main stem, and do look to be that of trilliums, which exact species I don't know.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 8:02AM
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dekeoboe(7B NC)

Yes, I should have mentioned that I knew the Virginia Creeper is in that photo. I was too lazy to pull it out so it wouldn't be in the photo. Unfortunately, if any of them are trilliums they have already bloomed, so I will have to wait a year to see any flower. Plus, these are not on my property.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 8:42AM
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I'm not sure I was correct about the 3-leaved guy there. Not the bit about it not being poison ivy. I'm sure of that. Mental block...I frequently confuse Trillium foliage with that of J in the P. Later if I have time, I'll have to research.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 8:56AM
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dekeoboe(7B NC)

Thanks. I know most are Jack in the pulpit, but what is throwing me off are the ones with multi-color leaves. I can't find anything that shows them that way, so I was hoping some might be trilliums.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 9:00AM
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I'm not an expert, but I've never seen multi-colored Jacks, and I've often seen them on Trillium. The first one, especially, looks like a trillium to me.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 12:39PM
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I always look at the edge of the leaf....jips have a "vein" that runs around the periphery....sorry my use of botanical terminology has a lot to be desired :( !

Here's a link that might help!

Here is a link that might be useful: trills and jips

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:08PM
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Very good...thanks much! And based on that, it looks like you've got J in the Ps there, which is, of course, what you said initially, lol!

Was just out doing a wetland delineation. Real "waste place" kind of site, one which non-botanists wouldn't give a second thought to bulldozing. Thousands upon thousands of spring ephemerals-trout lily, wood violet, Jacob's ladder, oh gosh, way more than I can remember now. So amazing what these abused little remnant areas still hold. Of course, the fact we were there doing the delineation means a project is on the way. Hopefully, we can manage to not destroy everything that's there.


    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 3:10PM
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dekeoboe(7B NC)

That is what I thought, I was just hoping for some trilliums. These are on the property of a guy we know that lives down the road a bit. He told us we can take anything we want from his property. We already took some Mayapples before he mowed over them. If I was better at knowing what the small vegetation is, I would be able to figure out what I want to take from there. We took a couple of Buckeye as well as a lot of buckeye seeds. And some carex grayii, oxalis, partridgeberry (I think) and a few things I don't know the names of. We hope to find a couple of small mountain laurel since there are a number of larger ones. His woods are more diverse than mine, so I am trying to get some more variety.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 5:34PM
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Jacks can get a rust type of disease, so maybe that is the problems with the leaf color of yours. A few of mine have had it, and I just cut off the diseased parts and dispose of that in the trash. The next year the plants have been fine.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2014 at 7:13AM
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