|Asian Skunk Cabbage|
Lysichiton camtschatcensis, common name Asian skunk cabbage or white skunk cabbage, is a plant found in swamps and wet woods, along streams and in other wet areas of the Kamchatka Peninsula, the Kuril Islands, Sakhalin and northern Japan. The common name "skunk cabbage" is used for the genus Lysichiton, which includes L. americanus, the western skunk cabbage, noted for its unpleasant smell. The Asian skunk cabbage is more variable: plants have been reported to smell disgusting, not at all, and sweet. In Japanese it is known as mizubashō (lit. "water-banana") from a supposed similarity to the Japanese banana, a name with poetic rather than malodorous associations.
It is a robust herbaceous perennial growing to 75 cm (30 in) tall and wide, with strongly veined, glossy leaves 50–100 cm (20–39 in) long. In early spring it produces pointed white spathes up to 40 cm (16 in) long.
- Western Skunk Cabbage: A related plant (in the same genus) from North America, which is known for producing a foul smell.
- Eastern Skunk Cabbage: An unrelated plant (Symplocarpus foetidus) from North America, also known for its foul smell, and often confused with Western Skunk Cabbage
- Armitage, James D. & Phillips, Barry W. (2011), "A hybrid swamp lantern", The Plantsman (New Series) 10 (3): 155–157
- As described for example in photo handbook Haru no hana (春の花?, Flowers of spring) (in Japanese), Tokyo: Yama-kei Publishers, March 1995, ISBN 4-635-07011-5 , p. 666
- Brickell, Christopher, ed. (2008), RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants (3rd ed.), London: Dorling Kindersley, ISBN 978-1-4053-3296-5, p. 1136
- "RHS Plant Selector - Lysichiton camtschatcensis". Retrieved 22 May 2013.
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