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Symplocarpus foetidus
Skunk Cabbage

Few plants respire as fast as animals; exceptions are plants in the Araceae where the spadix generates heat through respiration in order to attract pollinators. Skunk Cabbage is able to grow through snow because the inflorescences are 20¡ to 25¡ warmer than the surrounding air.


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