The only thing that seems to be growing in our woods so far this spring season is skunk cabbage.
In my last post on skunk cabbage, I mentioned that hidden inside the hood (spathe) is the spadix with its flowers. The spadix produces heat which protects the flowers from freezing. This heat production also wafts about the skunk cabbage's foul odor in order to attract pollinators. The spathe has a major role in this heating strategy.
More to explore:
- Here is a link to the first page of a research paper Aerobiology of Symplocarpus Foetidus: Interactions Between the Spathe and Spadix.
- A book that has an article on skunk cabbage is The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History.
- Another book with info on skunk cabbage is The Book of Swamp and Bog: Trees, Shrubs, and Wildflowers of the Eastern Freshwater Wetlands.