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Eastern Skunk Cabbage

Symplocarpus foetidus

Description:

Leafy wetland wildflower that comes up early in spring. Blooms come up first as mottled purplish spathe that is open on the side. Inside is a small, light colored ball shaped spadix with little flowers all over it. Green, cabbage-like leaves sprout afterwards. Leaves are foul smelling when crushed (hence the name). The flowers have an unpleasant odor as well that attracts insects to help with pollination.

Habitat:

Marshy woodlands. Connetquot State Park, NY.

Notes:

This plant can produce it's own heat up to 59-95°F ( 15-35°C). Allowing it to melt ice and snow and attract early insects with the heat and odor! Apparently edible if prepared correctly. Not edible raw. Spotting number 400!

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5 Comments

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 years ago

eftco88, glad I was able to help you identify your mystery plant!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

Wow!

eftco88
eftco88 6 years ago

Congrats on 400th spotting !!!:)

eftco88
eftco88 6 years ago

Thank you for the identification! I saw this on a hike and had no clear idea on what it was!

PaulineChvilicek
PaulineChvilicek 6 years ago

Skunk cabbage! Very interesting plant!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 years ago

Spotting number 400! Woo hoo!

ForestDragon
Spotted by
ForestDragon

Islip, New York, USA

Lat: 40.77, Long: -73.15

Spotted on Mar 29, 2013
Submitted on Apr 1, 2013

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