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Symplocarpus

There's a lot of hate surrounding this fascinating North American native plant. It was given the unfortunate common name of skunk cabbage. But it neither smells like skunk -- it has a mild skunk-like odor when a leaf is broken open -- nor is it a cabbage. Developers dislike skunk cabbage because it's a wetland indicator species, dependent on wetlands for survival and therefore alerting us to the presence of this essential but diminishing habitat. "Symplocarpus foetidus" is one of the few thermogenic plants worldwide, and one of the few North American aroids, or members of the family Araceae, a primarily tropical family. A native aquatic mollusc has come out of the mud of the wetland where it overwintered. Southwestern Ontario.

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From Native Plants of North America