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Related to skunk cabbages: Symplocarpus foetidus

skunk cabbage

n.
1. A foul-smelling aroid plant (Symplocarpus foetidus) of eastern North American wetlands, having small flowers on a spadix enclosed in a greenish or purplish spathe and blooming early in the spring.
2. A similar aroid plant (Lysichiton americanus) of western North America, having a bright yellow, stalked spathe.

skunk cabbage

n
1. (Plants) a low-growing fetid aroid swamp plant, Symplocarpus foetidus of E North America, having broad leaves and minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple spathe
2. (Plants) a similar aroid plant, Lysichitum americanum, of the W coast of North America and N Asia
Turkish name (1392–1913): skunkweed

skunk′ cab`bage


n.
1. a low, fetid, broad-leaved North American plant, Symplocarpus foetidus, of the arum family, having a brownish purple and green mottled spathe surrounding a stout spadix, growing in moist ground.
2. a related plant, Lysichiton americanum, of W North America, having a cluster of green leaves and a spike of flowers surrounded by a yellow spathe.
[1745–55, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.skunk cabbage - deciduous perennial low-growing fetid swamp plant of eastern North America having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple cowl-shaped spatheskunk cabbage - deciduous perennial low-growing fetid swamp plant of eastern North America having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple cowl-shaped spathe
genus Symplocarpus, Symplocarpus - one species: skunk cabbage
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
2.skunk cabbage - clump-forming deciduous perennial swamp plant of western North America similar to Symplocarpus foetidus but having a yellow spatheskunk cabbage - clump-forming deciduous perennial swamp plant of western North America similar to Symplocarpus foetidus but having a yellow spathe
bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant - a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
References in classic literature ?
I don't believe a rose WOULD be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.
Best bet: Living in swampy coastal habitats, skunk cabbages are now beginning to bloom.
Skunk cabbages, for example, heat themselves and even melt the snow around them.
The internal heat of Skunk cabbages can be as much as 25 degrees higher than their surroundings.
American skunk cabbages are visible in the boggy areas of the Wildflower Garden.
Skunk cabbages can bloom inside a snowbank and create their own ice caves.