Symplocarpus foetidus (closer to bulbous than cardamine)

Ellen Hornig
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:39:00 PDT
OK, it isn't bulbous, but it's rhizomatous (FNA: "Roots fleshy,
contractile. Rhizomes thick, to 30 cm or more").  So it's fair to say it
has a (sometimes substantial) fleshy subterranean storage organ, though
that is a rhizome, not a proper bulb.  The contractile roots grow out of
the rhizome.  I believe I left its eligibility for discussion here an open
question in my original posting.


On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 7:12 PM, Hannon <> wrote:

> How is this plant "closer to bulbous" than Cardamine? The illustrations
> I've found show a minimal rootstock and average-looking perennial roots. It
> doesn't seem any more geophytic than a goldenrod or a cattail. It does
> remind me of this geophytic aroid, though:
> Dylan
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