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Symplocarpus foetidus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Alismatales
Family: Araceae
Subfamily: Orontioideae
Genus: Symplocarpus

Symplocarpus is a genus of flowering plants in the family Araceae, native to United States, Canada and eastern Asia.[1][2] The genus is characterized by having large leaves and deep root systems with contractile roots used for changing the plant's level with the ground. Symplocarpus species grow from a rhizome and their leaves release a foul odor when crushed.[3][4][5]

The best known species is Symplocarpus foetidus, commonly called "skunk cabbage."[3]


  1. Symplocarpus egorovii N.S.Pavlova & V.A.Nechaev - Primorye region of Russia
  2. Symplocarpus foetidus (L.) Salisb. ex W.P.C.Barton - southeastern Canada and northeastern United States, from Tennessee to Minnesota and Nova Scotia[6]
  3. Symplocarpus nabekuraensis Otsuka & K.Inoue - Mt. Nabekura in west-central Honshu in Japan
  4. Symplocarpus nipponicus Makino - Korea, northern Japan, northeastern China
  5. Symplocarpus renifolius Schott ex Tzvelev - Russian Far East, Korea, northern Japan, northeastern China