A Web site devoted to the conservation of native plants, from the Canadian Museum of Nature.
Native plants are an essential component in the biodiversity that sustains life on Earth. It is imperative that we improve their situation, and we can do so by understanding them better, actively fostering and conserving them, and sharing information.
Stimulating interested citizens to take action towards biodiversity conservation is the ultimate goal of this Web site. This goal is shared by a larger initiative, of which the site is a component: In 2002, the Canadian Centre for Biodiversity at the Canadian Museum of Nature, with the assistance of The Salamander Foundation, initiated Best Stewardship Practices at the Community Level: Enhancing Native Plant Biodiversity. The aim of this initiative is to improve understanding of native plant diversity and facilitate the sharing of information. It does so by encouraging communication, networking and collaboration among diverse groups and active individuals who are involved in environmental stewardship in their communities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature's Canadian Centre for Biodiversity is proud to present this Web site, which was generously funded by The Salamander Foundation.
It's hard to overlook the western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) of British Columbia. It has a skunk-like odour that attracts insects, and it grows to more than a metre in height, with a bright yellow spathe, flower spike (spadix), and oval, green leaves that reach about 75 cm wide. Its appearance has also earned it the name of swamp lantern. This plant was photographed in early spring, before the leaves developed. The leaves and root are edible by humans; particular processing methods eliminate the slightly bitter, acrid taste. Bears and deer also eat it.