Etymology: Sagittaria: from Latin sagitta, "arrow," because of the leaf shape
Plants: erect or floating, annual, emergent aquatic, 4"-40" tall, leaning when mature
Leaves: long-stalked; arrow-shaped if erect, long and narrow if aquatic
Flowers: white, 3-parted, 3/4"-2" wide, petals with dark-yellow bases; inflorescence of 3-12 whorls of flowers; blooms June-Oct.
Fruits: dry, flattened, winged seed
Habitat: marshes, streams
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = OBL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.