Here is a picture of Jack, the spadix, with the spathe rolled back.
The part (the osmophore) that emits the insect attracting odor is the longer top part. The staminate (pollen bearing or male) flowers are at the bottom.
Note the pollen that has collected at the base a little below the flowers.
|Male Jack-in-the-pulpit flower|
You can see the exit hole near the base of the spathe, just above the stem, through which the pollen coated insects can escape.
Now compare that male "flower" with the female one below. What you can't compare in these pictures, is the size of the jack-in-the-pulpits. Often the female phase is much larger than the males.
|Female Jack-in-the-pulpit Flower|
Here is another female jack-in-the-pulpit with the insects that were deceived into coming to the flowers for a meal only to be rewarded by being retained and sacrificed for the sake of pollination.
Yes, Jack is busy doing what flowers do (with a different "twist") there behind his/her canopied pulpit.
I also like to think that he/she is preaching about the Mind that created such an ingenious pollination system.
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