Taxon Details: Symplocarpus
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This name is currently accepted.
Genus Name Etymology: G: symploke = connection, and carpos = fruit, ref. to coalescence of ovaries of distinct fls into a multiple fruit
Genus Description: Fls perfect, covering the subglobose spadix, this subtended and mostly enclosed by a fleshy, ovate, pointed spathe; perianth of 4 erect, connivent tep; stamens 4; ovaries buried in the spadix, unilocular, uniovulate; style stout, 4-angled, subulate; seeds embedded in the enlarged, spongy spadix, covered by the persistent perianth and style. Perennial, long-lived herb from a thick, erect, elongate corm; proximal portion of spathe underground, with very short peduncle, the lvs appearing later and becoming very large.
Generic Diversity: 2-4 spp., the others e. Asian.
Flora and Monograph Treatment(s):SymplocarpusSymplocarpus
: [Book] Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.