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Skunk Cabbage

Symplocarpus foetidus


Mottled purple, foul-smelling flowers of skunk cabbage plants. The putrid smell, which is similar to rotting flesh, attracts the flower's pollinators.


Growing in a wetland area.


An interesting feature of skunk cabbage is its ability to create warmth. Skunk cabbages are one of the few plants that exhibit thermogenesis (they can raise their own temperature). This allows skunk cabbage plants to melt their way above the frozen ground and through the snow in early spring.

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Christine Y.
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Christine Y.

Connecticut, USA

Spotted on Apr 9, 2017
Submitted on Apr 10, 2017

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