Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Saururus cernuus Linnaeus. Lizard's-tail, Water-dragon. Phen: (Dec-) May-Sep; Aug-Nov. Hab: Swamps, overwash pools in stream floodplains, freshwater and oligohaline tidal marshes, semipermanently inundated rocky bars and shores, beaver ponds, ditches, usually where water ponds seasonally or periodically. In swamps of the Coastal Plain, Saururus often is dominant in large patches. Dist: CT, s. QC, s. ON, and MI south to s. FL and e. TX.

ID notes: The elongate inflorescence, drooping at the tip, is distinctive, attractive, and the fanciful inspiration for the genus name, the specific epithet, and the common names.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = Ar, C, F, Fl2, FNA3, G, GrPl, GW2, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, Mo3, NcTx, NcTx, NY, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, WV

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