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Orontium aquaticum Linnaeus. Golden Club, Bog Torches, Never-wet. Phen: Feb-May; May-Jul. Hab: Generally in peaty and stagnant water (acidic to calcareous), such as beaver ponds, blackwater streams, swamps, pools in low pocosins, streambeds in the Piedmont, bogs and swamps in the mountains, tidal freshwater marshes. Dist: MA and c. NY south to s. FL and west to LA and e. TX, north in the inland to w. NC, KY, and WV, primarily but by no means strictly Coastal Plain.

ID notes: The fresh leaves are unwettable, silvery-glistening when forced under water.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = AqW, C, ETx1, F, FNA22, G, GW1, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, Pa, RAB, S, S13, Tat, Tx, Va, W, WH3, WV, Spaulding et al (2019)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL
  • Midwest: OBL
  • Northcentral & Northeast: OBL

Heliophily ?: 5

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image of plant© Will Stuart | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Orontium aquaticum, Little Kolomoki Creek, flood plain, Kolomoki Mounds State Park, Early County, Georgia 6 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Bruce A. Sorrie | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Will Stuart | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Cressler: Orontium aquaticum, Southern Appalachian Mountain Bog, North Carolina 4 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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