Spathye'ma (Symplocar'pus) fae'tida, Skunk Cabbage. -- The dried rhizome and roots, U.S.P. 1820-1870. Perennial, spathe appears first in spring, covered with purplish spots and stripes, flowers dull purple, leaves .3-.6 M. (1-2 degrees) long, .3-.4 M. (12-15') wide. Rhizome obconical, truncate, 7.5-10 Cm. (3-4') long, 5 Cm. (2') thick. Many rootlets, brownish-gray, inside whitish, many wood-bundles, whole plant fetid, more so when triturated, taste acrid, biting; contains volatile oil, gum, fat, resin, starch. Emetic, diuretic, antispasmodic, stimulant, narcotic; asthma, chronic catarrh, rheumatism, chores, hysteria, dropsy, bronchitis, in infusion, tincture. Dose, gr. 5-15 (.3-1 Gm.).