Green Dragon / Dragon Root
Arisaema draconnium
Araceae (Arum) Family

Green Dragon is an upright, smooth perennial from corms. Its preferred habitat is hardwood forests and flood plains. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are solitary, palm-like lobed, with seven to fifteen leaflets or segments on long stalks.

The flowers are cylindrical with the spadix enclosed in a light greren, tubular spathe that tapers to a point. Flowers are imperfect with female flowers on the lower part of the spadix and male flowers above. There are no sepals or petals. Each flower has two to five stamens. Flowers occur in the spring.

Fruit is a bundle of red berries in sphere-shaped to slightly elongated clusters.

The entire plant contains crystals of calcium oxalate, which produces a burning sensation if eaten. The crystals will dissapate after exposure to heat. The starchy corms may be ground and used as flour after drying.

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