Symplocarpus

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Symplocarpus

 

a genus of herbaceous plants of the family Araceae. The single species, S. foetidus, is a perennial having a short thickened rhizome. The large basal leaves, which reach a length of 40 cm, are petiolate and cordate or ovate. The small, bisexual, tetramerous flowers are gathered in a spadix surrounded by a dark purple bract. The plant grows in the Soviet Far East (primarily the southern part), Japan, northeastern China, and eastern North America. It is encountered in moist coniferous and mixed forests and in swampy meadows. The entire plant has a strong smell of garlic and is poisonous. Flowering occurs in early spring.

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