Symplocarpus Foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)

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Symplocarpus Foetidus (Skunk Cabbage)This plant has been a troublesome one for botanists to classify; but the term Symplocarpus is now generally preferred.  It is perennial, having a large, abrupt root, or tuber, with numerous crowded, fleshy fibres, which extend some distance into the ground.  The spathe appears before the leaves, is ovate, spotted, and striped, purple and yellowish-green, the edges folded inward, and at length coalescing.  The flowers are numerous, of a dull purple within the spathe, on a short, oval spadix.  Calyx consists of four fleshy, wedge-shaped sepals; corolla, none; stamens, four; seeds round and fleshy, and about as large as a pea.

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