Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

Swamp lantern is another appropriate name for this plant. They light up the otherwise dark-brown boggy areas on the side of the trail at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

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  1. Swamp Lantern~ I love that. I remember seeing these along the road once in the Olympic National Forest. I must be part muskrat because these photos make me feel so happy 🙂

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    1. Meli-muskrat the shape-shifting superhero of the northeast Illinois wetlands?

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  2. We have Eastern skunk cabbage here. They’re funky! And stinky. 😀

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    1. Hmm… I wonder if the eastern ones are smellier? I remember smelling a skunky scent when I first walked by western skunk cabbage many years ago. The last few years though, I haven’t smelled anything. Maybe it is a seasonal thing? Or maybe I’ve just been living in a neighborhood with lots of skunks for too long and my nose is a bit desensitized?

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