arrow-arum, green arrow-arum, tuckahoe
[Arum virginicum L., more...]
Etymology: Peltandra: from pelte for "small shield" and aner for "stamen," referring to shape of stamen
Plants: erect, perennial aquatic
Leaves: long-stalked, basal, pinnately-veined, arrow-shaped
Flowers: white to orange, tiny, 4 -5 stamens; inflorescence a slender spadix with a 4"-8" elongated, green spathe which only partially covers the spadix
Fruits: cluster of brown berries
Habitat: swamps, shallows
Conservation Status: Introduced - locally established
- emergent aquatic that forms clumps of basal leaves on stout petioles
- lateral leaf veins of 2 different thicknesses
- spadix more than 1/2 to almost as long as spathe
- spathe blade green to green with white or yellow-green along margins
- fruits pea green to mottled green or dark purple-green
- the leaves superficially resemble those of Sagittaria latifolia. However the leaves of Peltandra virginica have pinnate venation (e.g., a central vein with lateral veins), while the leaves of Sagittaria latifolia have palmate venation (though many of these veins appear to be parallel).
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.