|A 1-3' plant with a very unusual flower arrangement. A green or purplish-brown leaf-like spathe encloses and arches over the 2-3" club-like spadix. The tiny flowers are found on the spadix. The 1 or 2 long-stalked leaves are 3-part. The fruit is a dense ovoid cluster of scarlet berries. Blooms May, fruits September, October. Found in moist woods.
The roots contain calcium oxalate crystals that cause a severe burning sensation if chewed or swallowed.