Family, Lizard's Tail. Color, white. Leaves, alternate, ovate, heart-shaped at base, with petioles thin, dark green. Summer.

An example of a perfect flower - that is, possessing stamens and pistils, but without calyx or corolla. The flowers are on short pedicels, each with a little bract under it. They are crowded in a terminal spike which gently nods and waves its numerous white threads. The stamens have long, dangling filaments. The flowers are slightly fragrant. The pet-ioled leaves have converging ribs. Stem 2 to 5 feet tall. I have found this flower growing out of an old mill-dam where water trickling over the stones kept it perpetually wet. Its usual habitat is a swamp. Connecticut to Florida and westward. (See illustration, p. 57.)

Lizard's Tail (Saururus Cernuus)

Lizard's Tail (Saururus Cernuus)