Orontium aquaticum L. - Golden Club

Orontium aquaticum plant

Family - Araceae

Stems:

N/A

Leaves:

Orontium aquaticum leaf

Inflorescence:

Orontium aquaticum inflorescence

Flowers:

Orontium aquaticum flowers

Flowering - February - April.

Habitat - Swamps, shallow streams, ponds.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive and unique species can be found scattered throughout Alabama wherever suitable habitat occurs. The bright yellow flower stalks combined with the bluish-green leaves make this species unmistakable. The leaves have a coating that sheds water easily.
The genus name Orontium was a name given to some plant that grew in the Orontes river in Syria.
The species epithet aquaticum derives from the Latin "aqua(tic)" meaning "of water."

Alabama Distribution:

Orontium aquaticum map

Photographs taken off Hwy 29, Pike County, AL., 2-26-05.


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