Saururus cernuus lizard’s tail Saururaceae SACE; Bx, bg, br, bz, pb, vc; NY; R, ah, is, lp, ml, pm, t;

  

Saururus cernuus, Saururaceae

Saururus cernuus.M. B. Gargiullo ca 2007.

Saururus cernuus is a perennial herb to 1 m, colonial from aromatic rhizomes; stems jointed, branched. 

Leaves alternate, broadly egg-shaped to heart-shaped, to 15 cm long, base of petiole sheathing stem. 

Flowers white, tiny without petals or sepals, stamens white, 0.4 cm; inflorescence a spike, 10-30 cm, tip nodding; blooming June- Aug. (Hough 1983). 

Fruit dry, round, wrinkled 0.2-0,3 cm wide; fruiting Aug.-Sept. (Hough 1983). 

Saururus cernuus.close-up flowers.copyright © Melton Wiggins.Plants of Southern Alabama  and adjoining areas of Mississippi and Florida.meltonwiggins.com

Saururus cernuus.close-up flowers.copyright © Melton Wiggins.Plants of Southern Alabama and adjoining areas of Mississippi and Florida.meltonwiggins.com (Accessed 2/2017).

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Occasional. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Undisturbed swamp forests, shade tolerant. Also planted in restorations and wetland mitigations. 

Note: Observation indicates that anthers are produced before stigmas. A single colony does not produce fruit. (M. Gargiullo pers. Obs.).