Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Librizzi Spring Flora

Cousin Meluccio's hobby is to photograph the wildflowers of Sicily, specifically those found in Librizzi and environs. This month he found some Arums that are spotted with purple. To our knowledge this variety has not been seen before. If anyone recognizes this version, please let me know. Thank you.


Arum is a genus of about 25 species of flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region.

All parts of the plants are poisonous, containing significant amounts of calcium oxalate as raphides.

Additional info: Arum maculatum is a common woodland plant species of the Araceae family. It is widespread across temperate northern Europe and is known by an abundance of common names including Wild arum, Lords and Ladies, Devils and Angels, Cows and Bulls, Cuckoo-Pint, Adam and Eve, Bobbins, Naked Boys, Starch-Root and Wake Robin.

The Calla Lily is in the Araceae family, it is native to South Africa. Of the family Araceae
arum family are also included anthurium; jack-in-the-pulpit; philodendron.


  1. What a pretty plant. I love the names associated with it. We had lots of jacks-in-the-pulpit when I was growing up - and of course I know anthurium. Too bad it has to be so poisonous!

    I found some with purple spotted leaves, but not anything like this. Very interesting!

  2. Hi Shore,

    thank you for your comment.

    It will be interesting to find out if indeed this variety is a previously unknown one.


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