Monday, April 27, 2009

Skunk Cabbage/ Macro Monday

Eastern Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Foetid Pothos, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, Skunk Cabbage, or Swamp Cabbage

Whatever you call this plant, it's botanical name is always Symplocarpus foetidus and is a symbol of early spring. Here rising above the muddy ground you see the ball-like spathe inside the hooded spadix, which is approximately four inches high. The flowers are actually tiny and located on the spathe. The plant's leaves have not yet appeared.

Leaf beginning to grow among three purplish-brown and green spadices


Please note: Today's Flowers is the post below.

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23 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Thanks for posting these. They are similar yet so different from the Western Skunk Cabbage. Who knew???? MB

judi said...

Pretty little things! :)

Abe Lincoln said...

Wonderful to see the skunk cabbage. I like it but not the smell. LOL.

The Hamlet of Gordon

margie said...

mmm, coleslaw.

Shammickite said...

I'll have to go out in our local conservation area and hunt for these strange plants.

Rose said...

I wondered what skunk cabbage looked like...just never throught to look it up online.

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Great close ups!! I've heard of Skunk Cabbage but never saw it before! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!

Sherrie

see you there! said...

First, I thought skunk cabbage looked different. Then I saw the first post and SCS says Western Skink Cabbage looks different so maybe that's the answer.

Darla (our West)

PERBS said...

I have heard of this but never seen it before. I like the spath tremendously!

I also left a comment on two others below this one.

cieldequimper said...

These are really weird! Nice macro shots.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I've never seen this spring plant before, EG... I've heard the name--but hadn't ever seen it... Interesting!!! (Does it smell as bad as the name indicates???? ha)

Hugs,
Betsy

Cezar and Léia said...

Another fantastic picture! Congratulations!
Léia

Jacob said...

Beautiful! Why is it called a skunk cabbage...does it smell skunky?

Becky and Gary said...

Oh yes, we have lots of these, and most of them are leafed out now. I do love the red color.
B.

Ann said...

Thanks for visiting my site. Yes, it sounds funny when you read me writing about autumn when you are enjoying spring.

I am Down Under in New Zealand. Our seasons are opposite of you.
I have never seen a Skunk Cabbage. Do they stink like a skunk?

Judy said...

I am fascinated with the red spadices, but I have not found any in this neck of the woods!! So happy you have them, and could show them!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Jacob,

Yes, but only sometimes. Not the day I took the photo. ;-)

Paz said...

Very interesting. I've never seen this before.

Paz

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Terrific shots! Congrats on POTD!

RuneE said...

And I thought it was some kind of mussel! Congarulation with David's honour - much deserved.

Reader Wil said...

Your macro shots are so excellent! Thanks for sharing.

VALKYRIEN said...

Interesting plant! And congrats with the POTD! Well deserved!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Very, very interesting! Congratulations on the Post of the Day Award!

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