Lords-and-Ladies - Arum maculatum

Alternative names
Cuckoo Pint
Description

Short plant with a horizontal tuber; often patch forming, leaves appearing in the Spring, blunt arrow shaped, and shiny bright green, often with small black blotches. Spathes flushed, spotted and streaked with purple, rarely entirely yellowish-white. Fruiting spike relatively small, 3 to 4 cm, berries bright orange-red.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Woodland, hedgerows, ditches and shady places.

When to see it

April and May.

Life History

Perennial. Insects attracted by smell to visit the spathe and are trapped by downward pointing hairs enabling pollination. At night the spathe loosens, allowing them to escape.

UK Status

Common throughout much of Britain rarer in Scotland.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 391 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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