Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1332

Marginal emergent aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in swamps, overwash pools in stream floodplains, ditches, usually where water ponds seasonally or periodically, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade Aquatic ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White (filaments)
Sepals absent
Petals absent
3-7 stamens
Inflorescence a spike

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Piperales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Saururus cernuus   FAMILY Saururaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Saururus cernuus   FAMILY Saururaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 050-01-001:
Saururus cernuus   FAMILY Saururaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Lizard's Tail, Water-dragon


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picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sace_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_sace_004_lvd

        

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm070528_089

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Leaves are broad, pale green, heart-shaped, and entire, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm0506k_09

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Similar to Fairywand's inflorescence, but not to its leaves or habitat, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm0506k_15

June    Union County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_saururus_cernuus_6

June        

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm070703_099

July    Raleigh County    WV

Sandstone Falls

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm070703_106

July    Raleigh County    WV

Creekside/Riverside

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

JK Marlow    jkm070703_117

July    Raleigh County    WV

Creekside/Riverside

Perennial wetland herb that forms large colonies from underground rhizomes, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Saururus cernuus, image of Saururus cernuus

Steve Marlow    snm070703d101_057

July    Raleigh County    WV

Creekside/Riverside