Golden Club - Bog Torch - Never Wet Club
Oronticum aquaticum - Lannaeus
Araceae (Arum) Family

These perennial aquatics are native to the acid bogs, stream margins, and wet ditches of most of the southeastern United States, but is also found as far north as Massachusetts, New York and inland to Kentucky and West Virginia. New growth comes from the underground stem. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region and is found in bogs and shallow streams..

Leaves are basal, egg-shaped to widest in the middle; no teeth and no lobes; tapers to the tip with sides less than equal or blunt and nearly rounded. Leaf stalks are fleshy but pliable; base is wedge shaped.

Flowers are cylindrical with a spadix that is yellow at the tip and white below. Flowers are bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

The plant is a striking beauty when seen against the backdrop of dark open waters in swamps where cypress and Spanish moss are prevalent. The generic name comes from an identical plant that was first discovered and described in the marshes along the Orontes River of old Syria.

A member of the Arum family, it is sometimes called “Never Wet Plant” and for good reason. The leaf and flower (club) are covered with a grayish film that repels water so it can withstand occasional flooding and heavy rainfall without damage to its growth process.

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