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    • skunk-cabbage
    • skunk cabbage
    • eastern skunk cabbage
  • Scientific Names
    • Symplocarpus foetidus
  • Vermont Flora Codes
    • SYMFOE

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skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) Symplocarpus foetidus

Observer

kfdoyle

Date

April 22, 2015 03:41 PM CDT

Description

Lost Lake State Natural Area

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skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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larry522

Date

April 26, 2015

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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backyarder

Date

April 27, 2015 03:54 PM EDT

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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dnydick

Date

April 26, 2015 03:00 PM EDT

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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kpmcfarland

Date

April 26, 2015 05:18 PM EDT

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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treichard

Date

April 24, 2015 05:05 PM EDT

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Observer

elizzabeth

Date

April 24, 2015

Description

Flower: Burgundy/purple hood-like spathe
Leaves: Basal, ovate, tightly clustered

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skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Observer

awhite

Date

April 20, 2015

Description

This species is known for its fowl smell. Leaves are large, round, and cabbage-like, and the stems are underground. Flowers are dark purple and consist of a spathe and spadix

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Eastern Skunk Cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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gaudettelaura

Date

April 23, 2015 01:52 PM EDT

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skunk-cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) Symplocarpus foetidus

Date

April 22, 2015 10:47 AM EDT

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skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

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vilseskog

Date

March 24, 2015

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eastern skunk cabbage Symplocarpus foetidus

Observer

tapaculo99

Date

April 21, 2015 11:22 AM EDT

Description

This was a very fun find at Sapsucker Woods. I had never seen this species of early spring wildflower before. It has the unique ability to create its own heat in order to melt the snow around it. It also smells like rotten meat in order to attract pollinators (the scientific name, Symplocarpus foetidus, contains the word "fetid").

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Description from Wikipedia

Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Skunk Cabbage, or Swamp Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), commonly known as simply Skunk Cabbage, is a low growing, foul smelling plant that prefers wetlands. Native to eastern North America, it ranges from Nova Scotia and southern Quebec west to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Tennessee. It is protected as endangered in Tennessee.

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Conservation Summary

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