Re: Plant identification help
American skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) & Asian skunk-cabbage (L. camtschatcensis) are both invasive non-native plants that destroy native species with a leaf-span that covers the ground blocking off the light.
Although they're not yet listed on Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, there's a strong opinion that they should be. (Schedule 9 makes it a criminal offence to release or transplant certain species of animals and plants into the wild. Japanese Knotweed is the best known example of a Schedule 9 plant). The main problem with them is that nothing uses them as food in this country, and they just keep growing and growing until they blot out everything over a large area. Oh, and as you say, they stink!...