17 January 2007

A stinky bloomer in January


During last Monday's outing in the woods, I ran into a field of skunk cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus), some of which were already blooming. The picture shows 2 spathes, each with a spadix (flower head). The numerous little whitish knobs covering the flower heads are the actual flowers.

The rest of the week the temperatures are predicted to go below freezing in the evenings. I wonder if the skunk cabbages will survive (they do produce their own heat).


budak said...

I love aroids!

Roger B. said...

Interesting - the plant we know as skunk cabbage here in the UK is Lysichiton americanus.

Nuthatch said...

These look vaguely...naughty.


And they are hot!