Wild Florida Photo - Orontium aquaticum

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Orontium aquaticum

GOLDEN CLUB

NEVERWET

Florida native

 

This plant can be found in shallow water throughout much of Florida and the southeastern United States. The range extends west to Texas, north into the states south of the Ohio River and up through the mid-Atlantic as far north as New York and Massachusetts.
The large leaves grow above and sometimes floating on the water from stout rhizomes in the mud. The tiny yellow flowers cover the tip of a club-like structure that grows separate from the leaves. Golden club is mildly poisonous if ingested and all parts of the plant can cause skin irritation. However, the roots and seeds can be eaten if properly handled and prepared.
The name neverwet comes from the characteristic of the leaves to shed water.

 
Orontium aquaticum is a member of the Araceae - Arum family.