Skunk cabbage

Lysichiton camtschatcense

  • Skunk cabbage
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Skunk cabbage
  • Flower name
    Skunk cabbage
  • Scientific name
    Lysichiton camtschatcense
  • AliasAsian Skunk Cabbage, 水芭蕉, アジアン・スカンク・キャベツ, ヘビノマクラ, white skunk cabbage
  • Place of originSiberia and north of central Japan
  • Place of floweringFields and footpaths, Botanical Gardens, Low mountains
  • Flowering seasonApril, May, June, July

What is Skunk cabbage

Skunk cabbage (scientific name: Lysichiton camtschatcense) is a perennial grass of the genus Lysichiton in the Araceae family, native to Siberia and north of central Japan. It flowers in spring in lowland wetlands such as Oze, and in early summer and summer at higher elevations. It produces white flowers similar to Calla (scientific name: Zantedeschina Hybrids). However, in reality, what looks like this flower is a variant of a leaf called a bract. The real flowers are the rice-grained, light yellowish-green ones around a rod-shaped inflorescence. These small flowers are oblong, 2-3 mm long, and bisexual, with both pistils and stamens. They bloom even when submerged in a river. After flowering, large rootlets emerge and stand up. Unfortunately, the whole plant is poisonous, but it is also used medicinally for kidney diseases. It has been known to be eaten by bears after hibernation to expel residual tailings from their bodies.

General name: Skunk cabbage , scientific name: Lysichiton camtschatcense, aka: Mizubasho , Asian skunk cabbage, white skunk cabbage, habitat distribution: Hokkaido - Honshu, Japan, Siberia, environment: wetland, plant height: 60 to 80 cm, root leaf, leaf width: 30 to 100 cm (leaves come out after the flower), leaf shape: oblong, leaf margin: whole margin, bisexual flowers, , Flower stem length: 10 to 30 cm, places where flowers come out: axillary, inflorescence form: spadix inflorescence, fleshy inflorescence length: 10 cm, Buddha bract length: 15 cm, Buddha flame bract shape: hemisphere shape, inflorescences length : 5 to 15 cm, inflorescence type: 2 to 3 cm, flower color (actually it is a Buddha bract, not a flower): white, actual flower color: light yellow, actual flower diameter: 0.3 to 0.4 cm, actual flower Form: hexagonal flower piece number: 4, stamens number: 4, stamina 1:, flowering period: April to May (lowland), May to July (highlands), fruit type: serum, fruit color : Green, seed Color: brown, seed length: 0.4 cm, fruit season: late summer.


  • Eye
    Alismatales
  • Family
    Araceae
  • Genus
    Lysichiton
  • Species
    L. camtschatcense
  • Type of flower
    Radial symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Fleshy inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Ovate/elliptic
  • Leaf type
    oblong
  • Edge of the leaf
    All edges
  • Life typeperennial grass
  • Flower colorsWhite
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height60.0 ~ 80.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower2.0 ~ 3.0 cm

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