Western Skunk Cabbage
The Western Skunk Cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is a flowering plant in the Araceae family of arum lilies. It is also know as Yellow Skunk Cabbage, American Skunk Cabbage, and Swamp Lantern. It has a distinctive scent.
It is a wetlands plant, native to the Pacific North-west of America.
It grows from rhizomes, and its leaves measure 30-150 centimetres (12-59 inches) long and 10-70 centimetres (4-27 inches) wide.
The flowers are large and bright yellow, about 7-12 centimetres (3-4 inches) long on a 30-50 centimetre (12-20 inch) stalk. The flowers are numerous and densely packed.
The Western Skunk Cabbage blooms in late winter to early spring – March to July in the Northern Hemisphere.
Photographed at the Paris Botanical Garden, France, April 2023.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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