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Eastern skunk cabbage

Symplocarpus foetidus


A waxy looking succulent plant. Young leaves are maroon and speckled with green. It is foul-smelling in large quantities.


These plants dotted the landscape of a swamp. It prefers wetlands such as the one I visited.


I initially thought that this plant resembles cabbage and now I know why!

1 Species ID Suggestions

Eastern Skunk Cabbage
Symplocarpus foetidus Symplocarpus foetidus

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mauna Kunzah
mauna Kunzah 8 years ago

Thank you for the ID, Dan. I'm surprised I was close with my guess. I've never seen this plant before.

dandoucette 8 years ago

These look really cool when they first emerge. You were close with your cabbage guess.

mauna Kunzah
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mauna Kunzah

NYC, New York, USA

Spotted on Apr 6, 2013
Submitted on Apr 6, 2013

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