Skunk Cabbages again

John Grimshaw
Wed, 04 Apr 2007 10:11:33 PDT
Looking at Graham's pictures I am again impressed by the dark beauty of the 
Kew Symplocarpus - I had not realised that this was unusual coloration for 
the species, but now I think back to when I saw it the wild in Massachusetts 
it was typically green with heavy speckling, not that rich purple-brown 
colour. Is the dark form uncommon in the wild?

The authors of The Genera of Araceae are clear that there are only 3 species 
in the genus, so the IPNI names should probably be regarded as synonyms.

John Grimshaw

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Graham Rice" <>

> About a month ago there was an exchange here about skunk cabbage,
> Symplocarpus foetidus, and John Grimshaw mentioned the excellent dark
> purple form grown at Kew.
> Well, I've finally found my slide of it taken in 1975, scanned it and
> I've posted it on my blog in a general piece about this plant.
> And it seems that there may actually be six species, though some
> names may by synonyms. Still working on it...

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