Symplocarpus foetidus (L.) Salisb. ex W.P.C.Barton
Family: Araceae
skunk-cabbage
Symplocarpus foetidus image
Kenneth J. Sytsma  
Etymology: Symplocarpus: from symploce for "connection" and carpos for "fruit," referring to connection of ovaries into compound fruit
Plants: erect, perennial, up to 3' tall forb with a skunk odor when crushed
Leaves: round, up to 1', simple, basal, appear after flowering
Flowers: green, tiny, 4-parted, 4 stamens; inflorescence a roundish, 3"-6" long, mottled, green to purplish spadix shrouded by a pointed, broad, hood-like, purple spathe; blooms March-May
Fruits: round cluster of brown-black berries
Habitat: shade; wet; swamps, low ground
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native