Asian skunk cabbage
The north American skunk cabbage has featured in several past posts but here we have the Asian species, Lysichiton camtschatcensis. There are only two species in the genus and this one has beautiful white spathes which contrast with the bright yellow of L. americanus. Not surprisingly, this one comes from North East Asia, Kamchatka in fact, and it makes sense that the two species are separated by the Bering Sea. Like the yellow species it is a bold plant for wet soil but it is not quite as smelly. I love the way the spathes are indented by being wrapped around the spadix in bud.
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