Friday, March 5, 2010

First wildflower?

Skunk cabbage spathes aren't true flowers but they are the earliest to emerge from the snow. This one had just sprouted in a sunny patch where the snow had melted near the Kalamazoo River. I've read that skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) can actually produce its own heat to melt through the snow.

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