Symplocarpus foetidus (closer to bulbous than cardamine)

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Bulbs russell@odysseybulbs.com
Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:08:33 PDT
I would say there's a good argument for filing S. 
foetidus under "geophyte".  It certainly has a 
large subterranean storage organ, and like many 
woodland geophytes it does most of its 
above-ground business in late winter and spring 
while light and moisture are ample.

Russell
>I certainly wasn't trying to be provocative, and I'm sorry if you thought I
>was.  Jim Waddick was trying to nudge us back towards bulby things, and I
>was totally enamored of my symplocarpus colony and thought that they might
>be "close enough" to share with what turned out to be several enthusiasts
>on the list.  No worries, though - I don't have anything more to say about
>them, so will restrict myself to posting a link to some photos when/if I
>get any posted.
>
>Ellen
>
>On Sun, Apr 7, 2013 at 8:31 PM, Hannon <othonna@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > I still like Charles Gorenstein's off-hand definition of a geophyte or
> > "bulb" in the broad sense: any plant that has a dormant structure that
> > stands up perfectly well to being tossed in a paper bag and mailed across
> > the country.
> >
> > Dylan
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