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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.
Marshy woodlands. Connetquot State Park, NY.
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!
Lat: 40.77, Long: -73.15
Spotted on Mar 29, 2013
Submitted on Apr 1, 2013