Thoughts from a small island in eastern Penobscot Bay, Maine
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Skunk Cabbages Reborn 2
New skunk cabbages grow from the old, Sept. 13, 2012
On October 11, 2011 I posted an entry showing the re-birth of some of the skunk cabbages, a puzzling affair in which new growth appeared out of the old, not in the spring as one would think it would, but in the fall after the old growth had died. Today I observed the same thing, a few weeks earlier than I had done last year. Above is a photo of the new growth, which is green. The decaying old growth is purplish brown, and the blackish spadix can be seen near the center of the photo, decaying as well, the white center open to the air.
Emeritus professor of ethnomusicology at Brown University; Fellow of the American Folklore Society; part-time resident of Maine. Several of my scholarly essays may be found at https://brown.academia.edu/JeffToddTiton