Saururus cernuus L. - Lizard's Tail

Saururus cernuus plant

Family - Saururaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Saururus cernuus leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Saururus cernuus inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Swampy woods, pond margins, wet soil.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This interesting species can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant is very easy to ID in the field because of its drooping flower clusters and cordate leaves.
Traditionally the plant was used as a general medicine for many different ailments.
The species epithet, cernuus, means nodding, referring to the inflorescences.

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 7-13-02.


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