Skunk Cabbage Again

Symplocarpus foetidusThe spathes of Symplocarpus foetidus surround a spadix, which produces first female and then male flowers.Symplocarpus foetidusI’m afraid a fence keeps me from getting closer, but a portion of a grenade-like spadix can be seen here. It’s this that produces the heat, through rapid respiration (burning carbohydrates via oxidation), that give this plant its early spring, snow-defeating power.Symplocarpus foetidusOnce the colorful spathes, which help to insulate the spadix, begin to wither, the cabbagey leaves of the plant begin to uncurl.

1 Response to “Skunk Cabbage Again”

  1. 1 Ms. Carol Gracie April 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

    I love your bird posts, but it’s nice to focus on flowers in spring. Thanks.


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