Skunk Cabbage

If you are here in late April or early May, at the base of the large tree on the far side of the brook you can see the broad, upright, bright green leaves of skunk cabbage emerging from the forest floor.  This is an early sign of spring, as the skunk cabbage tries to get a lot of sunlight before it is shaded out by taller plants and trees.  The plant emits a foul odor like that of decaying meat in an effort to attract pollinators.

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