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Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 6, 12 at 10:10

Found locally at the edge of a pond.


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

The balls.


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

Little white flowers.


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

  • Posted by rbrady 5/Eastern Ia (My Page) on
    Sat, Oct 6, 12 at 10:23

Looks like Sagittaria latifolia.

Rhonda


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

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


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

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


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RE: Looks like mini-Colocasia, but has balls

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.


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