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skunk cabbage flower

Symplocarpus foetidus


A skunk cabbage flower with the spathe cut open. A great flower with the look and smell of rotten meat to attract flies as pollinators. It even stays warm inside the spathe at night!


Low, swampy areas.

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donnamhill3 9 years ago

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

Saarbrigger 9 years ago

Amazing plant.

David 9 years ago

Isn't that the coolest? So if you ever get lost in the Maine woods in the spring, you can keep your fingers warm in the skunk cabbage flowers ;)

Latimeria 9 years ago

Awesome! I'm hoping to find skunk cabbage next week, if it's still around by then. Fun fact: skunk cabbage is thermogenic. It produces its own heat that melts snow when it blooms.

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Apr 26, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2011

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