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Lysichiton americanus &. H. S. Hultén, t. John
AMERICAN SKUNK-CABBAGE
Lysichiton camtschatcensis; American skunkcabbage; Yellow Skunk-Cabbage; Lysichiton camtschatcensis auct non (L) Schott

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Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John
American skunkcabbage

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Symbol: LYAM3
Group: Monocot
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Duration: Perennial
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LYCA6 Lysichiton camtschatcensis auct. non (L.) Schott

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Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae – Arum family
Genus Lysichiton Schott – skunkcabbage
Species Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John – American skunkcabbage

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Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John
American skunkcabbage

Image of Lysichiton americanus

General Information
Symbol: LYAM3
Group: Monocot
Family: Araceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : AK   N
CAN   N
L48   N
Data Source and Documentation
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Plants-NRCS Logos
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image for native, but no county data Native, No County Data image for introduced, but no county data Introduced, No County Data both introduced and native, but no county data Both, No County Data
Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Navassa Island NAV    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM    North America NA   

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©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. October 1, 2002. Usage Requirements .

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. October 1, 2002. Usage Requirements .

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. October 1, 2002. Usage Requirements .

©J.S. Peterson. USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC). United States, CA, San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, Strybing Arboretum. October 1, 2002. Usage Requirements .

©Mary Clay Stensvold. Provided by Smithsonian Institution, Department of Botany . United States, AK, S.E. region, Sitka area, Jamestown Bay area. Usage Requirements .

©Lindsey Koepke. United States, WA, Pierce Co., Mount Rainier National Park, Green Lake Trail. August 7, 2005. Usage Requirements .

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Synonyms

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LYCA6 Lysichiton camtschatcensis auct. non (L.) Schott

Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae – Arum family
Genus Lysichiton Schott – skunkcabbage
Species Lysichiton americanus Hultén & H. St. John – American skunkcabbage

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Alaska OBL
Arid West OBL
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast OBL

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1. Lysichiton americanus Hulten & H. St. John, Svensk Botanisk Tidskrift. 25:455. 1931 (as Lysichitum americanum).

Skunk-cabbage

Roots white, contractile. Rhizomes to 30 cm or more, 2.5--5 cm diam. Leaves large; petiole stout, 5--40 cm; blade to 135 ´ 70 cm, base cuneate to subtruncate, apex obtuse to acute; midvein thick, grading into petiole. Inflorescences erect, malodorous, distinctive indoloid odor remaining even in old herbarium specimens; spathe wilting shortly after anthesis, basal portion 8--40 cm; blade basally contracted into long sheath enclosing stipe, 8--25 cm, stipe elongating in fruit; spadix stipitate, 4--12(--14) cm, initially shorter than spathe, eventually long-exserted because of elongation of stipe. Flowers yellowish green; tepals 4; stamens 4, dehiscing longitudinally; ovaries (1--)2-locular; ovules 1--2. Infructescences oblong-ovate, 4--15 × 1.5--4 cm. Seeds gray-brown to red-brown, (3--)5--11 mm. 2n = 28.

Flowering late winter--spring. Swamps, wet woods, along streams, and other low wet areas; 0--1400 m; B.C.; Alaska, Calif., Idaho, Mont., Oreg., Wash.; naturalized in Europe.

Reports of Lysichiton americanus in Wyoming (R. D. Dorn 1977; E. Hultén and H. St. John 1931) are based on a single specimen labeled "Yellowstone National Park." Despite recent attempts to locate Lysichiton at this locality, it has not been found (R. Hartman, personal . communication.). In addition, Wyoming is extralimital to the range of this species, which follows a biogeographic pattern typical of many plant and animal species in western North America.

Lysichiton americanus is pollinated by adults of Peelecomalius testaceum (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), which feed on the pollen and use the inflorescences as a mating site. The distinctive odor produced by the inflorescences acts as an initial attractant for the beetles, which respond by initiating search behavior for yellow spathes (O. Pellmyr and J. M. Patt 1986).

Plants of this species were used as food, as medicine, and also in the material culture of Native Americans of northwestern North America (S. A. Thompson 1995). Although considered to be a famine food and rarely part of the diet under normal conditions, almost all parts were eaten. Perhaps the most important and widely used parts of Lysichiton americanus were the large, waxy leaves, which served the same functions as waxed paper does today. Medicinal use of the leaves, especially as a poultice for burns and injuries, was widespread among northwestern Native Americans. Like Symplocarpus foetidus, this species is widely planted in European gardens (F. W. Case 1992).

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Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
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Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Sherry Ballard
© 2000 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Sherry Ballard
© 1999 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Robert Potts
© 2001 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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© 1995 Saint Mary's College of California

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Charles Webber
© 2000 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Sherry Ballard
© 2000 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
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© 2007 Matt Below

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
ID: 8253 3202 4143 0113 [detail]
Albert P. Bekker
© 1999 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
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© 2008 Zoya Akulova

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
ID: 9187 3302 4015 0132 [detail]
Jo-Ann Ordano
© 2000 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
American Skunkcabbage
ID: 8120 3181 4014 0097 [detail]
Charles Webber
© 1998 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Skunk Cabbage
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Albert P. Bekker
© 1999 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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© 2004 Joseph Dougherty/ecology.org

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Yellow Skunk Cabbage
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Gerald and Buff Corsi
© 2007 California Academy of Sciences

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
American Skunkcabbage
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© 2005 Louis-M. Landry

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
American Skunkcabbage
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© 2005 Louis-M. Landry

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Western Skunk Cabbage
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© 2008 Matt Below

Lysichiton americanus
Lysichiton americanus
Western Skunk Cabbage
ID: 0000 0000 0308 1439 [detail]
© 2008 Matt Below

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