(Plate XIX.)

Family

Pepper.

Colour

White.

Odour

Fragrant.

Range

Connecticut, southward along the eastern coast.

Time Of Bloom

June-August.

Flowers: crowded in a tail-like, curving spike. Stamens: six to seven. Pistils: three, or four, united at the base. Leaves: alternate; on petioles; cordate. Stem: square; jointed.

The lizard's tail has a strange, incomplete flower. It is said to be naked because it has dispensed with, or never possessed, either calyx or corolla. The delicate organs of the flower, therefore, are without any proper envelope to afford them protection. We are mostly attracted to the plant by its fragrance, which is its chief charm, though when growing in masses it beautifies our swamps in midsummer.