Arum Maculatum, 1875–1898
It is dated 1875–1898. Its medium is wood, papier-mâché, cardboard, plaster, reed pith, metal, string, feathers, gelatin, glass and bone glue beads, cloth, metallic thread, horsehair, hemp, silk threads, paint, and shellac varnish. It is a part of the department.
The Arum maculatum is known by a wide variety of names, most commonly lords-and-ladies, cuckoopint, and starchwort. The latter was likely assigned because starch can be extracted from the plant’s roots to stiffen fabrics. If eaten raw, all elements of starchwort cause severe bodily irritation, but some elements are safe for consumption if properly prepared.
It is credited
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 69.9 × 21.6 × 21.6 cm (27 1/2 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/2 in.)