Lysichiton Schott

Skunk Cabbage

Greek lysis – releasing, chiton – coat, referring to the spathe which is shed.

Stemless clump-forming perennials with thick rhizomes. Leaves short stalked, sheathless, appearing with the flowers. Inflorescence appearing before the leaves. Spathe showy, stalked. Spadix longer than spathe and with a long stalk. Flowers bisexual, perianth 4-parted. Ovary 2-chambered. Fruit a berry slightly embedded in the spadix. Flower parts are unpleasant smelling when bruised.

Grown in swampy areas and ponds for the attractive foliage and flowers.

2 marsh species from NE Asia and NW America.

Division or occasionally by seed.

Used locally for medicinal purposes and also eaten.

Marsh plant; spadix stalk several times longer than the spadix; spathe well developed and reaching the fertile region of the spadix.

Source: Spencer, R. (2005). Araceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Alismatales
family       Araceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Lysichiton americanus Hult. & St