Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1479

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare elsewhere in NC

Look for it in seepage-fed bogs & nonalluvial swamps, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Wet

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 032-03-001:
Symplocarpus foetidus   FAMILY Araceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Skunk Cabbage


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image of Symplocarpus foetidus

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

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

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

JK Marlow    jkm060521_086

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

image of Symplocarpus foetidus

JK Marlow    jkm160502_107

May    Macon County    NC

Highlands Biological Station

image of Symplocarpus foetidus

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

Tim Spira    tpssfoetidus3_2

May        

image of Symplocarpus foetidus

JK Marlow    jkm0507g_07

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area