OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Alismatales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 032-03-001:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Spathyema foetida

 

COMMON NAME:
Skunk Cabbage


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image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_foetidus_5

March        

The brownish-purple, fleshy, hoodlike spathe is usually striped or spotted, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

Tim Spira    tpssfoetidus3

March        

The spathe encloses a ball-like spadix with numerous tiny flowers, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

JK Marlow    jkm060521_077

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Found in seepage-fed bogs & nonalluvial swamps, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

JK Marlow    jkm060521_086

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

JK Marlow    jkm160502_107

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

JK Marlow    jkm160502_108

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

Leaves net-veined and cordate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

Tim Spira    tpssfoetidus3_2

May        

image of Symplocarpus foetidus, Skunk Cabbage

JK Marlow    jkm0507g_07

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (6/30/18):
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 032-03-001:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Spathyema foetida

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1479

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Habitat: seepage-fed bogs and nonalluvial swamps, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
Spathe usually brownish-purple and striped or spotted
4 perianth segments

Inflorescence a spadix

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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