Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, ALOctober 6, 2012

Found locally at the edge of a pond.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

The balls.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:11AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Little white flowers.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:13AM
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rbrady(5/Eastern Ia)

Looks like Sagittaria latifolia.

Rhonda

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 10:23AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Thanks, that seems to fit. Glad there's another native out there doing battle at the pond.

And I had no idea there was a "water plantain" family.

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA plant profile

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 11:09AM
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jekeesl (south-central Arkansas)(7b)

Nice photos, purpleinopp. You have about 9 species of Sagittaria in Alabama (per BONAP maps), with about half of those with sagittate leaves. They often come down to flower characteristics to determine ID. I have a problem getting close enough to ours for good photos, because they tend to grow where the cottonmouths roam. If you're looking for a challenge, the Flora of North America key may be interesting. Each species there is a clickable link to detailed plant descriptions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Arrowhead

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 1:58PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Thanks! I don't know plant anatomy words well enough to bother, but had no idea these plants were around at all. That's good enough for me. You're right about snakes, I was looking for them while wildflower'ing out there.

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 3:35PM
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