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"Skunk Cabbage"

This "Skunk Cabbage" lives in a swamp in Surry County, VA.

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(Left) This is the second year it has bloomed. Last year's seed pod shows in foreground.
Photo 8 Feb. 1999 by Teresa Gregory.
(Center) The bloom is fading, and the leaves are developing.
Photo 28 Feb. 1999 by Teresa Gregory
(Right) By mid-March the leaves have grown large.

Skunk Cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) leaves have a foetid odor when crushed. The purple "blossom" is a leaf-like sheath around the round spadix, which bears tiny flowers. The structure is more apparent in the dried spadix in the earliest photo. The curled green leaves unfold and grow quite large.


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