Lizard's-Tail, a plant with heart-shaped leaves and long, slender, gracefully curving spikes of white flowers, growing in large clumps in swamps and along the margins of ponds and slow rivers from New York westward and southward. The name is simply a translation of the generic name saururus (Gr. Lizards Tail 1000191 a lizard, andLizards Tail 1000192 a tail), while the specific name cernuus has reference to the nodding habit of the flower spikes. It is a plant likely to attract attention for its neat appearance and its very pleasing fragrance. It is our only representative of a small family, the sauru-raceae, which in its relationships is close to the pepper family. The flower spike, while pleasing as a whole, will repay a close examination, as it is one of the few instances we have of perfectly naked flowers; the essential parts of the flower, the stamens and pistil, are present, but there is no trace of anything like calyx or corolla; each flower upon the spike is in the axil of a small bract. In some of the southern states the roots of this plant are boiled and beaten up to serve as a poultice; and as they will produce the emollient effects of warmth and moisture, they may be as useful as any other similar application. Those who have bodies of ornamental water upon their grounds will find the lizard's-tail a charming plant to grow along the margins.

Lizard's Tail.