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Lysichiton americanus
skunk cabbage, yellow skunk cabbage
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: Both sides of the Cascades in Washington; Alaska south to California.

Habitat: Swampy areas from sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Glaucous, fleshy, acaulescent perennials from a short, upright stem, with a skunky odor.

Leaves:

Leaves large, fleshy, lanceolate to oblong-ovate, 4-10 dm. long.

Flowers:

Flowers perfect, small, embedded in a fleshy axis 6-8 cm. long and 1-2 cm. thick, the axis subtended and nearly surrounded by a large, yellow bract up to 2 dm. long; perianth 4-lobed, greenish-yellow; stamens 4; stigma capitate.

Fruits:

Fruit berry-like, 1- or 2-seeded.

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

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Lysichitum americanum Hultén & H. St. John, orthographic variant [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Lysichiton americanus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Lysichiton americanus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Lysichiton americanus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Lysichiton americanus photos.

USDA Plants: Lysichiton americanus information.

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