Moderate winter season temperature levels along a stretch of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County have resulted in the growth of a fetid-smelling pod that, in spite of its odor, has the exceptional ability to develop enough heat to melt snow around it, a published report stated.
” Equipped with a chemical procedure that heats this early bloomer as much as over 55 degrees Fahrenheit, these stinky members of the Arum Household can even melt snow in order to blossom. Discuss determination!”
— National Forest Service Facebook post
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Skunk cabbage is “a warm-blooded plant” that can raise the surrounding temperature levels by as much as 20 degrees, according to a Pennsylvania State University report. By doing this, it “will use as much oxygen as a comparably sized mammal,” the report says.
” In little dosages, or two little bites, the skunk cabbage plant can cause burning and swelling of the mouth and a choking sensation. Consuming bigger parts of these leaves can, in extreme cases, be deadly,” the gardening site says.
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